The Miami Dolphins on Wednesday announced what Vikings and Dolphins fan already knew: Daunte Culpepper is no longer a Minnesota Viking.
The Dolphins issued the following release:
The Miami Dolphins today acquired seven-year veteran and three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Daunte Culpepper from the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a second-round draft choice in 2006 (19th pick in round, 51st overall).
The 29-year-old Culpepper (1/28/77) was a first-round draft choice of the Vikings in 1999 (11th overall, fourth quarterback). Since that time, he has gone on to play in 81 regular season games, starting 80 of them. He has completed 1,678 of 2,607 passes (64.4%) for 20,162 yards with 135 touchdowns, 86 interceptions and a passer rating of 91.5. He also has rushed for 2,476 yards and 29 touchdowns on 454 attempts (5.5 avg.). He is third all-time in Vikings history for pass attempts, completions and yards, and is first in completion percentage and passer rating. His career passer rating of 91.5 not only is the first in Vikings history, but it ranks fifth all-time in NFL annals.
In 2004, Culpepper was named to the third Pro Bowl of his career as he set virtually every team single-season passing record by completing 379 of 548 passes (69.2%) for 4,717 yards with 39 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He rushed for 406 yards that year as well, and his 5,123 combined passing and rushing yards broke the NFL mark set by the Dolphins' Dan Marino in 1984 (5,077). Culpepper also was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2000 and 2003 seasons.
In his seven seasons with Minnesota, Culpepper set or tied seven team career and single-season records. In his six years as a starter, he surpassed the 3,000-yard passing mark four times and threw 30 ore more touchdowns on two occasions. In a five-year period from 2000-04, Culpepper compiled totals that included 18,598 yards passing, 129 touchdowns passes and a rating of 93.3. His figures from those years in yards and touchdown passes ranked third in the NFL, trailing only Peyton Manning (164 TDs, 21,568 yards) and Brett Favre (141 TDs, 18,840 yards), while his passer rating was second over that stretch, trailing only Manning (97.0).
In his collegiate career at Central Florida, Culpepper threw for 11,412 yards and rushed for 1,020 yards as he broke more than 30 school records. As a senior in 1998, he established an NCAA single-season record by completing 73.6 percent of his passes. That same year, he completed 296 of 402 passes for 3,690 yards with 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions as he shared National Offensive Player of the Year honors with Ricky Williams, while he was the winner of the Sammy Baugh National Passer of the Year Award. He also finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting.
Culpepper is a native of Ocala, Florida where he attended Vanguard High School. In his prep career, he set school career records with 6,107 yards passing and 57 touchdowns. As a senior, he threw for 3,074 yards and 31 touchdowns in leading Vanguard High to the Class 5A state championship game. Culpepper also played on the school's basketball and baseball teams and was a 26th-round pick of the New York Yankees in the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft.
AMONG ALL-TIME LEADERS IN PASSER RATING
In his career, Culpepper has posted a career passer rating of 91.5, including a single-season best of 110.9. His career mark ranks fifth all-time in NFL history while his season figure is fourth:
CAREER PASSER RATING
1. Steve Young (1985-99) - 96.8
2. Kurt Warner (1999-05) - 94.1
3. Peyton Manning (1998-05) - 93.5
4. Joe Montana (1979-94) - 92.3
5. Daunte Culpepper (1999-05) - 91.5
SINGLE-SEASON PASSER RATING
1. Peyton Manning, Ind. (2004) - 121.1
2. Steve Young, S.F. (1994) - 112.8
3. Joe Montana, S.F. (1989) - 112.4
4. Daunte Culpepper, Minn. (2004) - 110.9
5. Milt Plum, Cleve. (1960) - 110.4
Trade Becomes Official with Dolphins Release
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