Aaron Curry was the 4th overall pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2009 and was one of the biggest debates in NFL Draft History. People were comparing him to Hall of Famers, and legends, but he never really translated to the NFL. His career was cut short by injuries, but he is back now. Not playing football but rather coaching for Charlotte 49ers a new FBS program.
Curry, 28, never expected to be a football coach. He signed a deal worth $60 million, $34 million guaranteed, the most lucrative contract given to a non-quarterback rookie in NFL history, and he thought that was going to be his career.
“My plan was to play 10 years in the NFL and sit on my couch for the rest of my life,” Curry said.
That all changed quickly when he was injured. Curry eventually retired in 2013.
“The year that I got injured in Oakland, I spent that whole summer and the first nine games coaching other players,” he said. “Really diving into the playbook, extracting all the details, sharing it with all of the guys, that is when I fell in love with coaching.”
Charlotte coach Brad Lambert, who recruited Curry while he was defensive coordinator at Wake Forest, knew right away Curry would be an asset to the newly formed program.
“I’d always thought that he’d make a good coach even when he was playing,” Lambert said. “His NFL career got cut short and the timing was good. We were here starting a program. He was building a home here. It just worked out.”
Hopefully Curry can now focus on helping small schoolers make it to the NFL. He was a very solid pass rusher, and I wish him the best of luck. He seems like he is happy and that is all that matters in Life.