Jim, do you recall Daunte ever saying anything about the long-term impact of that injury on how he played? I honestly don't recall whether he ever made a public statement about it. As far as I could tell from the limited time I watched him after he left Minny, he looked pretty solid physically. So was the decline in his play related to the injury, or something else?Mothman wrote: Are you serious? Culpepper was a tremendous athlete and he wasn't injured because he was putting stress on his knees, he was injured because he was making an athletic play and he received a tremendous shot directly to his knee from the side.
There are a couple of things I remember about Culpepper. First, he was huge, and that size helped him a lot when he was under duress. I remember him simply brushing off a few blitzing CBs and how funny it was to see what looked like a sure sack turn into Daunte barely moving and then firing a pass downfield. Second, I remember how pretty a deep ball he threw. When he let it fly deep the ball just took on that perfect arc. He was pretty accurate from what I remember, at least pre-injury, and that stood out too. Third, I remember Tice criticizing him for not being more of a "student of the game". I think that is where some of the negative feelings about Culpepper come from. There was this sense that he was the QB version of Bryant McKinnie - eminently physically gifted, but poor work ethic and overall attitude in terms of preparation. Culpepper would flash greatness at times, but the consistency just wasn't there.