Posted August 28, 2013

Former first-round pick Aaron Curry announces retirement from NFL

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Former first-round pick Aaron Curry will retire from the NFL. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Former first-round pick Aaron Curry will retire from the NFL. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Aaron Curry, the fourth pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, announced his retirement Wednesday on Twitter. He wrote:

After a lot of prayer. Consulting with God. The best thing for my family and myself is to retire from the @nfl. I enjoyed it #DeliveredDefender

Curry, 27, had tried to catch on the Giants this fall, but the team released him on Sunday. Curry had only two tackles in three preseason games and had lost his spot on the second-team defense.

The Seahawks took the linebacker out of Wake Forest in the first round in 2009. He was considered close to a sure thing – a solid all-around linebacker who could play immediately. “While I don’t agree with the pick,” ESPN analyst Mel Kiper wrote after draft, “it’s not a bad pick for the Hawks, especially since Curry was the No. 1 player on my board.”

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Curry never made an impact, despite starting 12 games as a rookie and 16 in his second year. Seattle gave up on him in 2011, trading him to Oakland for a seventh-round pick. He put up a career-best 80 tackles that season. But last year, with Oakland, he only played two games. He battled a knee injury and missed the start of the season. When he returned, it was clear he wouldn’t be able to contribute. The Raiders released him in November.

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20 comments
GlennAllen
GlennAllen

He enjoyed the money he got for doing almost nothing.  It's easy to "retire" when no one wants you.

JeffDowdy
JeffDowdy

Lots of prayer and consulting with god?  whata moron.  Maybe if I pray long and hard god will blow-out the other guys knee and not mine.  

tfaw
tfaw

NFL is a tough gig.  Wish him well...

j7apple
j7apple

Under the NFL’s old salary structure for high draft picks, Curry signed a six-year, $60 million contract with $34 million guaranteed.  At least he got his before bolting. 

Mel, you were so wrong

bobstacyamber1
bobstacyamber1

At least he was smart enough to grad out of Wake Forest.  A lot of these kids will play one or two years in college and use the university as a springboard to the NFL.  The few that make it to the NFL play only 3-4 years and they end up broke with no degree.    

NebojsaTodorovic
NebojsaTodorovic

Shows the irrelevancy of Mel Kiper.   That ESPN gives him so much microphone is a mystery.

Charlie P
Charlie P

Hard to imagine people once compared this guy to Patrick Willis.

Alan16
Alan16

@nycsteelersfan you and iceman are real classy ... like little boys on the playground, rather than men. Scary to think how iceman will warp the mind of that child he's shown with. Disgusting ... .

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

@NebojsaTodorovic It's why I like Jon Gruden.  He usually disagrees with everything McShay and Kiper says about players, and he's almost always right.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@NebojsaTodorovicThat you bring up Mel Kiper's name here makes him relevant.   You expect these guys making guesses about the future success to be right 100% of the time?   They don't have the luxury of waiting to see how the future plays out before voicing their opinion.  You know, like you do.

MikeZierolf
MikeZierolf

@NoQNoSuperBowl @NebojsaTodorovic  shows you how much u should respect espn's opinion.. mel kiper is the best of a crappy bunch.... get your analysis somewhere else and u'll be happy not misinformed.