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Daunte Culpepper: ‘As Far As Me Playing, I Think I’m Done’

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DETROIT - JANUARY 03: Daunte Culpepper #11 of the Detroit Lions celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown while playing the Chicago Bears on January 3, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Chicago won the game 23-37. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DETROIT – JANUARY 03: Daunte Culpepper #11 of the Detroit Lions celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown while playing the Chicago Bears on January 3, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Chicago won the game 23-37. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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More than two years removed from his last NFL action, former quarterback Daunte Culpepper admitted Saturday that his professional football days are firmly behind him.

“As far as me playing, I think I am done,” Culpepper told the Orlando Sentinel. “That part of my book is closed. The next chapter is, I have kids and I will be coaching them.”

The Vikings selected Culpepper with the 11th overall pick of the 1999 NFL Draft. He was one of five quarterbacks taken in the first round that year (along with Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb, Akili Smith and Cade McNown). And while McNabb may have had a longer career, Culpepper’s was arguably better. In 2004, he completed a league-leading 379 passes for 4,717 yards and 39 touchdowns. His 294.8 yards-per-game average also was the NFL’s best. (FootballOutsiders.com ranks his ’04 performance second only to Peyton Manning, who launched 49 TDs that year.)

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