View Full Version : Culpepper "ungifts" diamond necklaces to paralyzed HS player

02-03-2005, 11:52 AM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Daunte Culpepper showed off his scrambling ability Wednesday -- in a crowded convention center ballroom.

The Minnesota Vikings quarterback presented a paralyzed high school football player two diamond necklaces worth about $75,000 during an NFL awards ceremony, but then awkwardly asked for them back after it was finished.

The apparent gift prompted a mother to cry, a father to think about buying a safe to store it and Culpepper to find a way out of the mess.

"I'll get him something else," Culpepper said sheepishly.

The confusion began at the FedEx ground and air player of the year honors, where finalists Culpepper, Peyton Manning, Shaun Alexander and Curtis Martin were on stage for the announcement.

When the master of ceremonies opened the floor for questions, Jerry Townsend spoke up from his wheelchair in the front row.

"Hey Daunte, can I get some of that ice?" he said in a low voice, referring to the two sparkling necklaces hanging around Culpepper's neck.

Culpepper jumped up, pulled them off and brought them over to Townsend, a senior defensive back at Jacksonville Episcopal High School who was paralyzed from the neck down while making a tackle in October.

Townsend spent the last four months in various hospitals and was released Wednesday -- just in time to go to the Super Bowl event.

After Culpepper put the necklaces around Townsend's neck, his mother started to cry. His father talked about needing to get a safe for the expensive jewelry.

Culpepper, meanwhile, went back to his seat and finished the awards ceremony (Manning won the air award, and Martin won the ground one). After it was over, Culpepper patiently answered dozens of questions while keeping a close eye on his jewelry across the room.

One of the diamond-laced necklaces was the No. 11, Culpepper's jersey number, and the other was a large pepper (for Culpepper).

"Where's that kid at? I've got to get my stuff back," Culpepper said.

Culpepper then walked over to the Townsends and asked them to write down their address so he could send them something else. Culpepper wasn't sure what it would be.

In an unrelated note, Culpepper will appear in a 60-second NFL Network commercial to air during the Super Bowl along with several other players and coaches from around the league that didn't make it to the big game. They'll be singing Tomorrow, a tune from the musical Annie.

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02-03-2005, 01:47 PM
That musta been awkward... Dante was in a catch-22. If he doesn't give the kid his ice, he looks like a schmuck. If he gives it and then asks for it back, he still looks like a schmuck

02-03-2005, 02:40 PM
What's $75,000 dollars :rolleyes:

I mean, what's another $75,000 dollars :roll:

If he wasn't prepared to let go, he never should have let on as such...

It said the kid was paralyzed, not mentally handicapped, therefore the kid knew exactly what he was doing. Open floor and as Eegee said, put Duante into a corner...

Geez...the fact that the father was so soon after talking about getting safe, rather than talking about how great a guy Duante is makes me dislike the kid and the father.

Messy situation all around.

02-03-2005, 05:34 PM
I guess I don't understand how anyone could have the nerve to ask for something like that from anyone. I don't think he is a shmuck for asking for it back I think the kid is a shmuck for not having better manners.

Ben Hansen
02-03-2005, 06:57 PM
"Ungifting" is still better than "re-gifting".

See: Seinfeld for why.

02-03-2005, 07:08 PM
"Ungifting" is still better than "re-gifting".

See: Seinfeld for why.

LMAO Ben, hilarious, almost as good as shrinkage and double-dipping