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Rolling with Daunte Culpepper

May. 16, 2011 @ 12:27 AM

HUNTINGTON -- On Saturday night, fans got to see former NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper get his roll on.

No, it wasn't the trademark celebration that he performs after each touchdown pass.

Instead, he was getting his bowling ball roll on.

Culpepper was in Huntington to take part in Chad Pennington's 1st and 10 Celebrity Bowl because he knows exactly how much that Pennington cares about those communities he considers home.

How so, you ask?


Culpepper gets a first-hand view of it every day.

"Chad's always been a stand-up guy that has things going to give back to the community," Culpepper said. "We're actually neighbors now down in south Florida, so he asked me to come be a part of it. I'm glad I came and it's always a good time."

Culpepper and Pennington have known each other throughout the years as NFL quarterbacks and that fraternity comes with a special bond.

But there's another bond through the sport of football that brings the two together from another perspective.

The role of a football father.

"You gain relationships with guys throughout your career playing football, but he and I became closer because our two 6-year-old sons played on the same flag football team this year," Culpepper said. "I got to know him a little bit better. It's just the relationships you gain. That in itself makes you want to help those guys out."

Chances are that this team will be really good, but the biggest question is whether there will be a quarterback controversy brewing once the kids reach 8-years-old.

After all, that is the nature of the sport, as both fathers have learned over the years.

Culpepper laughed off talks of a controversy.

"They're both just 6-years-old, so they played everything," Culpepper said. "My son went from center to running back to receiver and his son did the same, but they had a lot of fun."

This year, the two neighbors will likely get a chance to also build another bond between them -- the rivalry bond.

Both passers are entered into the elite club of 10,000-yard collegiate passers.

Pennington, of course, starred at Marshall in 1995 and 1997-99, leading Marshall to a 13-0 record and the team's highest ranking in school history when the Thundering Herd finished the 1999 season at No. 10.

On the other hand, Culpepper became just the third 10,000 passer in NCAA history in 1998 at UCF.

With the two schools now rivals in Conference USA, will the neighbors engage in friendly banter when the teams meet in Orlando on Oct. 8?

"Marshall has a storied history and UCF is trying to get there," Culpepper said. "It'll be great to see those two teams compete."

And who knows?

With both having sons that are the same age, maybe some day it will be a head-to-head battle between quarterbacks in the year 2025.

That will add another chapter to the relationship.