Brad Culpepper had a record setting four years as a Defensive Tackle at the University of Florida (1988-1991). While captaining the school’s first ever Southeastern Conference Championship team (91), Brad was Consensus 1st team All-American (A.P., Kodak, Football News), 1st team Academic All-American (GTE), and Unanimous 1st team All-Southeastern Conference.
He finished his College career with 227 tackles, 18 Quarterback sacks, 47.5 tackles for Loss (school record for Defensive Lineman), 5 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries, 4 pass breakups.
He was named Toyota’s National Leader of the Year, and was one of 15 recipients of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame’s Scholar Athlete Award. Of that group of 15 award winners, Brad was awarded the William V. Campbell National Scholar Athlete of the Year (known as the Academic Heisman).
During that year Brad was elected as Student Body Vice-President and served the entire 35,000 students at the University of Florida. Brad served as the student representative on the Board of Directors of the University Athletic Association which oversees the entire operation of all athletic programs at UF.
Since he graduated with a B.A. in History following his Junior year, all of these accomplishments were achieved while participating in the Masters Program for Sports Administration. Brad was named to the University of Florida’s All Century 1st team and was inducted into the UF athletic Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility (2001). He was also designated a Legend of the SEC (2002).
Brad was selected in the 10th round of the 1992 N.F.L. Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He was the lowest round draft pick to start on opening day. After two years with the Vikings, Brad joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In his six years with the Buccaneers, Brad played in over 95 games while starting over 80. He led the team in sacks twice and was 4th on the all-time sack list with 33. Brad also led the defensive line in tackles 4 out of 6 seasons.
He was an integral part of the transformation of the “Yuccaneers” to the dominant team that was one play away from the 1999 Superbowl. He was named All Madden Team in 1999. Brad finished his career with the Chicago Bears in 2000. Including the Playoffs, Brad played in 137 professional games starting 87 of them. He had 325 tackles, 35 Quarterback sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and one Safety.
- University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, J.D. – 2001
- University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, B.A. – 1991
- University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Master’s – 2001
- Florida, 2002
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Member
- Florida Bar, Member, 2002 – Present
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