... On Sunday, Brees was made to look old by Tom Brady, technically a year and a half older. The only other teams since the AFL–NFL merger to have a winless season were the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who went 0–14 (the NFL did not extend the schedule to 16 games until 1978), the 1982 Baltimore Colts, who went 0–8–1 during that strike-shortened season, and subsequently the 2017 Cleveland Browns, who went 1–31 over the 2016 and 2017 seasons. [19], On December 25, 2006, Steve Young appeared as a guest announcer during the Dolphins’ second to last game and criticized Culpepper's work ethic. [35] The main reason of his retirement was because he felt he could still be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Many wondered if he and Randy Moss would be the next big quarterback/wide receiver duo.Â, After a so-so sophomore campaign, Culpepper returned to his rookie self in 2002 and 2003. Then, between 1998 and 2001, we saw Peyton Manning, Donovan McNabb, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees enter the league, not to mention a tier of players such as Michael Vick, Daunte Culpepper, Matt Hasselbeck, and so on. UCF posted a 9–2 record, losing only to Purdue and Auburn. In early August, he made it public that he felt his knee was only about 85–90% recovered. He also rushed for 470 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2004, he had his best season as a pro, throwing for 4,717 yards, 39 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. Culpepper continued to struggle in 2002, throwing 18 touchdowns to 23 interceptions and leading the Vikings to a 6–10 record. At this point the Dolphins were 1–3 and their opponents were 1–11 when not playing Miami. [12], Later on, Culpepper expressed his desire to be out of Minnesota. They balked over his shoulder, signing Daunte Culpepper instead. He was placed on injured reserve and began rehabilitation treatment near his home in Florida. He finished his career sixth on the NCAA's all-time total offense list for all divisions with 12,459 yards and was responsible for 108 career touchdowns (84 passing). The maximum penalty they could have faced was 90 days in jail. Calvin Johnson managed a 1,300-yard season, but an evolving QB circuit -- long-post-prime Daunte Culpepper, Jon Kitna, and Dan Orlovsky-- limited much … WR Victor Cruz Giants. It wasn’t enough as Baltimore prevailed 30-23 on the penultimate ESPN Sunday Night Football telecast. During his junior year, the QB threw for over 3,000 yards en-route to 25 touchdowns. On April 4, 2006, however, the charges against Culpepper were dropped owing to a lack of probable cause. In week 14, versus the Arizona Cardinals, Culpepper was benched in favor of third string QB Drew Stanton after a poor performance.[42]. Culpepper visited the Green Bay Packers on April 23 and 24, 2008. [17], On November 30, 2006, Culpepper underwent arthroscopic surgery on his previously injured knee to remove a piece of loose cartilage that was causing Culpepper difficulty. Prior to the Week 13 game against the Denver Broncos, Culpepper was nursing a sore quadriceps. Patrick Mahomes is heading to the Super Bowl, once again. In July 2008, it was reported that the Detroit Lions were interested in signing Culpepper, but they never made an offer to him. During the season, Culpepper passed for 3,937 yards, 33 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Last Sunday, the two NFL teams who will vie for a chance to win the Lombardi Trophy this year were finally set. He said he suffered the injury during the Week 12 game against the Kansas City Chiefs but it did not begin to bother him until Wednesday. QB Daunte Culpepper Vikings /Raiders/ Lions. Culpepper played four games with the Lions before suffering a shoulder injury. During his first season as a starter, he threw for nearly 4,000 yards, 33 touchdowns, and only 16 interceptions. New Vikings coach Brad Childress likened his dealings with Culpepper to his dealings with Terrell Owens and said he never had a conversation with Daunte that did not involve his contract and getting more money instead of football and the team.[12]. The Dolphins fell short of expectations in his second season, and most remember that year for the team's decision to sign Daunte Culpepper over Drew Brees in the offseason. Culpepper was named the 45th best quarterback of the modern era by Football Nation. Hopefully, Culpepper’s post-NFL career will have a happy ending. The Dolphins decided to bring in Culpepper based on a medical evaluation of the two players. After making a name for himself at the University of Central Florida, Culpepper proved to be the perfect match for wide receiver Randy Moss. Culpepper struggled over the next two seasons beginning in 2001 throwing 14 touchdowns to 13[8] interceptions. During preseason, Culpepper had suffered another injury (foot). While his mother was pregnant with him, she was serving time for armed robbery. Culpepper saw this on TV from his box suite at Dolphin Stadium and immediately walked down to the ESPN booth and waited for Steve Young to finish, then Daunte confronted Young about it and said he has not missed any meetings and that's not who he is. Daunte Rachard Culpepper (born January 28, 1977) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 11 seasons, primarily with the Minnesota Vikings. HB Garrison Hearst 49ers / Cardinals / Bengals / Broncos . He struggled to get into college, because of low SAT scores. Culpepper still has a soft spot in the hearts of Vikings fans. On December 28, 2008, the Lions became the first team in NFL history to go 0–16. [36] On October 23, Culpepper stated through an email to Adam Schefter that he would come out of retirement and give the NFL another shot. [16] On that Friday's practice Culpepper and Saban got into a loud, heated argument during practice. Culpepper’s record-breaking career at the University of Central Florida still holds up. 1 overall pick Stafford at QB", http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091213/SPORTS01/91213013/1319/Lions-suffer-one-of-their-biggest-defeats-in-history&template=fullarticle, Quarterback Daunte Culpepper Signs with the Sacramento Mountain Lions, "Harbaugh: 49ers will 'kick the tires' on veteran Culpepper", http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_18682207, "Daunte Culpepper NFL Football Statistics | Pro-Football-Reference.com", "No. He also set an NCAA record for single-season completion percentage at 73.6%, breaking a 15-year-old mark set by Steve Young (71.3%). WR Johnnie Morton Lions / Chiefs / 49ers. The signing reunited Culpepper with Dennis Green, his former head coach in Minnesota, and Mike Kruczek, his former head coach at the University of Central Florida. Brees was coming back from a shoulder injury suffered the last game during the 2005 season. In the episode Culpepper is trying to recruit Jason McNamara, to play for Central Florida competing against McNabb who wants Jason to go to Syracuse.[48]. Daunte's final career won–loss record as a starter for the Vikings was 37–40 (48.1% winning percentage). Hopefully, Culpepper’s post-NFL career will have a happy ending. The Vikings finished the season 5–11. Culpepper was part of the ownership group that opened a UCF-themed bar near the campus in 2013, but it only lasted a year. According to the Associated Press, Culpepper said that if he was not traded, he wanted to be released. After the Houston loss, coach Nick Saban noticed Culpepper having trouble in practice due to a nagging bruised shoulder injury and decided to rest Culpepper up a couple of practices. He worked out with the Pittsburgh Steelers in August 2008, but the Steelers elected to sign Byron Leftwich instead to replace the injured Charlie Batch. Culpepper enjoyed his best statistical season as a professional in 2004 and, though they were only 8–8, the Vikings reached the playoffs for the second time under Culpepper. Saban actually went 9-7 in his first year in Miami with Gus Frerotte as his quarterback, but he bolted for Alabama the following year after the Daunte Culpepper … He changed his number from 11 (which he wore in Minnesota, after wearing #12 his rookie season in honor of Randall Cunningham) back to his original number 8, the same number he had at Vanguard High School and the University of Central Florida. Near the end of his high school team's state basketball championship game, the referee called traveling on Culpepper when he was driving for the game-winning lay-up. [28] Culpepper worked out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers soon after his release, but was not acquired by the team. The Dolphins debated whether to pursue Culpepper or Drew Brees during the offseason. [1][2][3][4] They lived in Ocala, Florida, where Culpepper attended Vanguard High School. [24], On June 7, Culpepper, acting as his own agent, asked to be released from his contract with the Dolphins. His ten rushing scores led all NFL QBs in 2002, and also marked the sixth-highest total by a QB in NFL history trailing only Cam Newton (14 for Carolina in 2011) and (12 for New England in 2020), Steve Grogan (12 for New England in 1976), Johnny Lujack (11 for Chicago in 1950), Tobin Rote (11 for Green Bay in 1956), Kordell Stewart (11 for Pittsburgh in 1997), and Kyler Murray (11 for Arizona in 2020). On November 2, 2008, ESPN reported that he had agreed to terms on a two-year deal contract with the Detroit Lions and would join the team the following week. ... Daunte Culpepper will be a caretaker behind center. His defense contended there was racial discrimination among the prosecution. Culpepper said he has been told by Dr. James Andrews, his surgeon, to "begin to ease into things" after May 1. © Copyright 2021 Endgame360 Inc. All Rights Reserved. [22] The weekend previous to the report, Culpepper revealed that the second surgery, which was designed to address scar tissue in the knee, was more serious than anyone originally divulged, and called for a rehabilitation period of 4–6 months. He passed for 3,479 yards, 25 touchdowns, and only 11 interceptions, and earned his second trip to the Pro Bowl. As the old guard rides off into the sunset, the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray and others are taking their place. After his junior season, he was being lured out of the collegiate ranks to enter the draft and join the NFL, but instead returned to UCF to graduate and play his senior year. One of Culpepper's most notable moments was against the Buffalo Bills when he threw a pass across his body and the field to Randy Moss for a 39-yard touchdown pass, although the pass was at least 60 total yards. However, Culpepper suffered a serious knee injury the following season that ended his Vikings career. He even shows up at Vikings fan events from time to time. Svare went 7-17-2 but made some strange moves, including trading a 32-year-old QB John Hadl to the Rams in 1973. That will wind up being the second-fewest 16-game starters for the Eagles since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978. Culpepper was a guest star at the 2013 Super Bash event hosted by NFL UK in London. [21], In the absence of Culpepper, the Dolphins relied on quarterbacks Cleo Lemon and Gibran Hamdan, untested players with one regular season start between them, in the Dolphins’ initial mini-camp under first-year coach Cam Cameron. Both the players struggled to move the offense and the poor performance led to an April 15 report that stated a much-discussed trade for Kansas City’s Trent Green was imminent, for Culpepper was unable to participate in the minicamp as he continued to recover from knee surgery. RE Simeon Rice Bucs / Cardinals / … Culpepper also appeared in the movie 50 First Dates,[49] in the huddle and throwing a touchdown pass to Jim Kleinsasser when Sean Astin and Drew Barrymore were watching a football game. Daunte Culpepper was once a star quarterback with the Minnesota Vikings. Culpepper went on to win the EA Sports Madden Bowl title among NFL players during the 2003 offseason. After placing sixth in Heisman Trophy voting, Culpepper was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft.Â, After spending most of his rookie season on the Minnesota Vikings‘ bench, Culpepper got the keys to the Vikings offense, and he did not disappoint. The Vikings wanted him to rehabilitate in Minnesota because they were not satisfied with his level of treatment in Florida. Saban had decided to bench Daunte until his shoulder recovered and he got more of the mobility back that he lost due to his knee injury. He played college football at the University of Central Florida and was drafted 11th overall by the Vikings in the 1999 NFL Draft. On August 14, 2011, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh announced that Culpepper was working out for the team on the following Monday to possibly add him to the 49ers roster. Culpepper was traded to Nick Saban’s Miami Dolphins in exchange for a second-round draft pick. On February 16, 2009, the Lions reached an agreement with Culpepper for a restructured deal that would keep him on the team in the second year of his two-year contract. He led the Vikings to victory in the first seven games of the season, and helped them finish 11–5 and advance to the NFC Championship game, where they were blown out by the New York Giants 41–0. [23], On June 5, 2007, the Dolphins completed the long-awaited trade for Trent Green; a few hours before the Green trade became official, the Dolphins told Culpepper they “are going in a different direction at the QB position,” according to Culpepper, who resisted that plan. Although he had a love for baseball, Culpepper committed to play football at UCF as a quarterback. Head coach Nick Saban stated that although Culpepper was making progress in his rehabilitation, he and the medical staff felt it would be difficult for Culpepper to play in the next three weeks. Culpepper refused this request. He said he was in contact with a few other teams. DT Gilbert Brown Packers. 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His career had a less-than-memorable decline, however, and even his life after football serves as a cautionary tale.Â. On March 14, 2006, the Dolphins traded a second-round draft pick to the Minnesota Vikings to acquire quarterback Daunte Culpepper.Miami also acquired tackle L. J. Shelton from Cleveland and cornerback Will Allen from the New York Giants, replacing longtime Dolphin Sam Madison, who had taken Allen's old spot with the Giants.The Dolphins had also nearly signed … On October 30, he suffered a knee injury during a 38–13 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Culpepper signed with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League on June 7, 2010. [46], Culpepper appeared in an episode of George Lopez, along with Donovan McNabb. [citation needed] At the end of the year, he was selected to his first Pro Bowl. He played football, coached by Alex Castaneda, one of five finalists for the 2000 NFL High School Football Coach of the Year Award, as well as basketball and baseball. The 28-year-old quarterback has made his living putting the ball up for Megatron, posting five consecutive seasons with at least 4,250 passing yards and 20 TDs, and it can't be understated how different the Lions will look without Johnson commanding attention on the outside. [38] After passing a physical, Culpepper officially signed with the Lions on November 3. It became the first of three Pro Bowl seasons. Culpepper accomplished a feat equaled by only two others in NCAA history when he topped the 10,000-yard passing mark and the 1,000-yard rushing mark in his career. Despite Culpepper’s hefty NFL paydays, financial issues haunted him over the years following his playing career. Culpepper is represented by R. Totka of Athlete Promotions. [27] He was finally released by the Dolphins on July 17. Culpepper said, because of the fundamental differences I have with management regarding the approach to my personal and professional life, I think it is the best business decision for both parties to go our separate ways. On January 21, 2007, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that despite public assertions by Saban, privately his decision to bench Culpepper actually had little to do with his knee and more to do with his head. On September 4, 2008, Culpepper announced his retirement. Randy Moss, wide receiver for the Vikings, said that Culpepper was one of the most talented quarterbacks he has ever seen following the 2000 season. Culpepper finished the game with two passing and three rushing touchdowns. [citation needed] Marquee football schools, such as the University of Miami and University of Florida, backed off from recruiting him when it was assumed he would not qualify. By the time Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper threw his fifth interception of the day in the Bengals' 37-8 win, the guy was just wearing the Bengals jersey. The now-42-year-old’s struggles kept him from reaching his superstar potential. However, the next week the Houston Texans with the last ranked defense in the NFL won their first game of the season against the Dolphins. [29][30] Some sources said he suffered the injury when he ran a race with Oakland cornerback Stanford Routt, a college sprinter, after practice but head coach Lane Kiffin said “I don‘t know anything about that.”[31] Due to his injury, Culpepper did not play in another game that season and was placed on injured reserve on December 26.[32][33]. Many thought it would be the year Culpepper broke out of the pack. 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