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NFL Hall of Fame class of 2013: Curley Culp joins strong group to Canton

Former NFL defensive lineman and one-time Detroit Lion, Curley Culp, joins the 2013 Hall of Fame class.

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The 2013 Hall of Fame class was announced on Saturday evening. Looking at the list of finalists, it was a very competitive year for those hoping to be admitted to Canton.

There were a number of modern era players that deserved first-ballot recognition, but unfortunately for them it was a tight race. NFL greats like Jerome Bettis and Michael Strahan will have to wait another year for consideration. One of the old timers who did emerge in this strong Hall of Fame class was Curley Culp.

Culp, a six-time Pro Bowler, was a bit of a journeyman in the league. He played for the Chiefs and Oilers from 1968-1980, but also had a brief stop in Detroit toward the end of his career.

The Hall of Fame voters recognized the men in the trenches this year. Beside Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Larry Allen and Warren Sapp were all linemen to be elected into this year's class.