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September 16, 2010

Daunte Culpepper Playing in UFL: Former NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper is playing for the Sacramento Mountain Lions, a United Football League team coached by Dennis Green that opens play Sept. 18. "There wasn't a [NFL] team that really wanted me to be the guy, or a starter," said Culpepper, 33. "I wasn't going to wait for someone to get hurt when there was already a pro team without a quarterback."

posted by rcade to football at 11:56 AM - 7 comments

Better to be a Mountain Lion than a Millen Lion.

posted by beaverboard at 12:04 PM on September 16

This guy will always be a mystery to me. Was he a talent that fell apart or just lucky to have Moss to throw to. I'd like to see him do well.

posted by yerfatma at 12:48 PM on September 16

This guy will always be a mystery to me. Was he a talent that fell apart or just lucky to have Moss to throw to. I'd like to see him do well.

Yes. And Yes. And me too!

posted by myshtigo at 02:22 PM on September 16

Yes. And Yes. And me too!

Same here. Looking at his numbers, everything really takes a dive when he had the knee injury. I think alot of his success was due to the fact that he was nearly impossible to tackle. Immobile Daunte had to make quicker and riskier decisions because he couldn't count on his legs to keep the play alive.

posted by tron7 at 04:28 PM on September 16

Agree with the above, a great athletic talent that was lucky to have a great receiver to throw to. His ability to take off and run, compensated for his mediocre ability to read, and react to, defenses. Once his knee was gone, he was no longer much of a threat.

posted by dviking at 01:10 PM on September 17

Daunte Culpepper was a badass when he was healthy. He was bigger and faster than the linebackers that were trying to tackle him, and he gave the Vikings a mobile QB threat they hadn't had in a long time and haven't really had since. I was a big fan until 2005.

Culpepper started the season 0-2, the suffered a season-ending knee injury. Backup Brad Johnson stepped in, won six straight games, and took the team to 9-7.

Then came The Love Boat. Along with several other players, Culpepper was "charged with indecent conduct, disorderly conduct and lewd or lascivious conduct."

After all that, he demanded a bigger salary. Let's see...you're injured, you didn't do that great before the injury, your replacement (who, by the way, had won the Super Bowl) salvaged a decent season, you embarrassed yourself and the team, and you want a raise? Nuh-uh. Buh-bye.

posted by kirkaracha at 09:00 PM on September 17

Was the rest of that quote "But just in case anyone does get hurt, you can find me here and I will walk away from this shit like Neil McCauley. 30 seconds."?

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 02:01 PM on September 18

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