A dynamic dozen for NFL sculptor

September 14, 2013

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Scott Myers has an eye for detail.

Whether he’s sculpting the childhood scar over Curley Culp’s right eyebrow or painting the leaves on a tree, he’s right on top of it.

Myers, 54, was selected to create his first bronze bust for the Pro Football Hall of Fame 10 years ago. His latest creation, former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Curley Culp, brings the total with the Myers “name brand” to an even dozen.

Culp was inducted along with former Cowboys coach Bill Parcells and five others last month in Canton, Ohio.

Myers, a local veterinarian who is also an accomplished painter, said he used to follow the Chiefs during Culp’s era (1968-74) while growing up in Haltom City. That’s because the Pee Wee Football League team Myers played on in the third and fourth grades was also the Chiefs.

He said he told Culp, “So I really watched you guys.”

“He got a big belly laugh out of that,” Myers said of Culp, who lives in Pflugerville with his wife Collette and runs a limo service. “He said, ‘Our influence goes so far. You just never know – that’s the way it is in life.’”

Myers said he has always been impressed by the way the bust subjects carry themselves when he meets them in person.

“There are only 280 players that made it to this level,” Myers said of the Hall of Fame. “I find it pretty inspiring. Curley seemed like the type who understood you get results from hard work. He was a good guy. I really liked him a lot.”

Culp also played for Detroit (1980-81) and was voted NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1975 with Houston. He played for the Oilers from 1974-80. He was a teammate of legendary Texas running back Earl Campbell with the Oilers, and played under one of the more popular and successful coaches of that era, Bum Phillips.

Myers learned he was chosen to do Culp’s bust on April 15, and the Super Bowl IV champ (1969) was in Myers’ home studio in deCordova exactly one month later – the day the EF4 tornado struck Rancho Brazos. Culp had headed home a few hours before the tornado struck, Myers noted.

When Culp saw the finished product – representing his look during his playing years – he gave Myers a compliment.

“I didn’t know that I looked that good back in my playing days, but thank you for making me look that way,” Culp said.

Myers’ representation of former Houston Oilers and Titans offensive lineman Bruce Matthews as a 2007 inductee was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the 20 best Hall of Fame busts of all time.

Being a Texas A&M University grad, Myers – like everyone else in the universe – has an opinion about the Aggies’ controversial Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel.

“I do think he’s a good kid. He’s under the microscope. Probably a lot of that, he’s done to himself,” said Myers, who was chosen for the inaugural Haltom City High School Hall of Fame in 2011.

The sixth-ranked Aggies are headed for a collision course with No. 1 Alabama today.

“If (Manziel) doesn’t have his head right for this weekend, he’s going to be in bad shape,” Myers predicted.

One of these years – if Manziel’s career does work out and he rises to greatness in the NFL – maybe Myers will be called on to sculpt his bust for the Hall of Fame as well.

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