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Catching up with Daunte Culpepper

Posted by: Chip Scoggins under Ex-Vikings, Vikings quarterbacks Updated: September 28, 2013 - 6:44 AM

LONDON -- Former Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper made an appearance at a fan forum as part of the NFL festivities here this weekend.

Culpepper joined former Vikings wide receiver Ahmad Rashad and Steelers running back Merril Hoge. In response to a fan's question about his favorite moment, Culpepper mentioned throwing 60-yard passes and seeing fans rise of out their seats.

"It gives me chills now thinking about it," Culpepper said.

The final question came from a man in a Steelers jersey, who made a Love Boat joke by asking if Culpepper would bring some of friends on a cruise down the Thames River. Culpepper took the jab with humor and even had his picture taken with the man's son afterward.

We spent a few minutes with Culpepper after the event and he reflected on his time with the Vikings.

"All good memories," he said. "I would have loved to stay there my whole career. But that’s just how it happens in the business sometimes. Things happen and people move on. My memories of Minnesota are excellent. Every game was sold out. We had some games I wish we could have won. But overall, it was a positive experience for me. I had a great time. The fans were absolutely wonderful."

Culpepper lives in Orlando and opened a restaurant there a month ago called "Culpepper's."

Culpepper had an MVP-caliber season in 2004 and then had a severe knee injury the following season. He played for the Dolphins, Raiders and Lions and a stint in the UFL after leaving the Vikings.

He said he doesn't reflect on how his career might have gone had he not suffered that knee injury in '05.

"I played good football afterwards," he said. "I wasn’t on teams that were very successful. But I don’t take anything away from the time I played in the league after my knee injury. I had the same attitude. Football is a team sport. It’s not because of one guy you win and it’s not because of one guy you lose.

"I don’t have any regrets," he added. "I played the game the same way the whole time. I played to win. Whatever I had to do to try and win, I was going to do it. Every game I always wanted to be able to look myself in the mirror and say, 'Hey, I put everything out there.' I don’t regret anything about how I played the game."

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