Hall of Fame defensive lineman Curley Culp diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer

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NFL Hall of Famer Curley Culp announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Culp, a defensive lineman who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013, played in the league for 14 seasons.

“Do donate to your local cancer organizations so this dreaded disease is eradicated,” he wrote, in part. Love life, family and friends. Pray to God for all physical and spiritual healing.”

Culp played in the league from 1968-81, first with the Kansas City Chiefs after a football and wrestling career at Arizona State — where he won a heavyweight national title. He spent more than six seasons there and helped them to a win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV in 1970.

Culp was traded to the Oilers in the middle of the 1974 season, and spent part of seven seasons in Houston before ending with a brief stint with the Detroit Lions.

The six-time Pro-Bowler finished his career with 13 fumble recoveries and an interception in 179 games.

NFL Hall of Fame inductee Curley Culp
Curley Culp, seen here at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2013, announced Tuesday that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. (Aaron Josefczyk/Reuters)
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