Curley Culp, ‘Miracle Man’ with legendary interception in Super Bowl, dies at 85

Written by By Siddharth Cavale, CNN Known for making an interception in a highlight film as a member of the New Orleans Saints in 1965, defensive tackle Curley Culp was also a Baltimore Colts…

Curley Culp, 'Miracle Man' with legendary interception in Super Bowl, dies at 85

Written by By Siddharth Cavale, CNN

Known for making an interception in a highlight film as a member of the New Orleans Saints in 1965, defensive tackle Curley Culp was also a Baltimore Colts employee when the franchise moved west to Indianapolis in 1984.

His career with the Colts lasted eight seasons. He played on the Baltimore Colts’ 1964 Super Bowl 50-winning team — part of the historic Colts team that featured quarterback Johnny Unitas.

Culp suffered a stroke in March 2011 while still in his retirement years. In his final years, the godfather of football punters retired to his Indiana home near a river where he would kick catch nets and practice his craft. He was 85 years old when he died on August 31.

Ray Lewis and Culp, a great NFL and close friendship

In 2012, a little over a year after he retired from the NFL, Culp told the Journal Gazette newspaper that he “moved down to the river, playing with my gloves on,” and began kicking and playing catch with his “one and only son,” Charles.

Before his retirement, Curley helped coach and mentor the sport of football at the Brunswick School in Brunswick, Georgia.

“He had many children play and many coaches like (former Falcons, Colts and Cowboys coach) Mike Shanahan and (Colts’ vice president) Bill Polian,” said, Gary Simon, a close friend of Culp’s who published the book, “Heard It Through the Grapevine: A Basement Memoir of Curley Culp.”

Some of the lessons on football strategy that Culp left behind at Brunswick include how Peyton Manning used to help a friend throw passes in practice and how a key throw was designed to be thrown from the sideline under Peyton’s direction.

But it was Culp’s life lesson on playing how to have fun as a player that most touched Simon’s mind.

“When you saw him, you just saw Curley having fun — constantly playing catch with his son, always laughing, and wondering what somebody upstairs was talking about.”

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