From Foster to Famous: Daunte Culpepper

Daunte Culpepper might just be one of the most recognizable names in American football history.

The former NFL quarterback played for the Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions. Before his career took off, though, the native Floridian had a rocky start.

Culpepper’s biological mother was in prison for armed robbery when she gave birth to him.  Reportedly single at the time, she immediately put her son up for adoption.

Culpepper was raised as one of more than 15 children fostered and adopted by the late Emma Lewis Culpepper, who worked in the correctional facility where his mother was held.

Outside of football, Culpepper has worked with the African American Adoption Agency.

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