Eric Curry

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Eric Curry
No. 75
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-02-03) February 3, 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth: Thomasville, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school: Thomasville (GA)
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Debuted in 1993 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last played in 1999 for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Career history
*Offseason and/or Practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played 75
Games started 44
Tackles 95
Quarterback sacks 12.5
Forced fumbles 7
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Eric Felece Curry (born February 3, 1970) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons during the 1990s. He played college football for the University of Alabama, and earned All-American honors. A first-round pick in the 1993 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL.

Early years[edit]

Curry was born in Thomasville, Georgia.[1] He graduated from Thomasville High School,[2] and played for the Thomasville High School Bulldogs high school football team.

College career[edit]

Curry accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Alabama, where he played for coach Bill Curry and coach Gene Stallings' Alabama Crimson Tide football teams from 1989 to 1992. As a senior in 1992, Curry was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American and the United Press International Lineman of the Year. He was a member of the Crimson Tide squad that won the first SEC Championship Game in 1992, and a consensus national championship by defeating the Miami Hurricanes 34–13 in the Sugar Bowl. Curry and fellow defensive end John Copeland were known as the "bookends" during their time at Alabama, and were key players in the Crimson Tide's No. 1 rated defense in 1992.

Professional career[edit]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Curry in the first round, with the sixth overall pick, of the 1993 NFL Draft.[3] He gained notoriety for happily hugging the NFL Commissioner, Paul Tagliabue, after he was picked by the Buccaneers in the draft. He played for the Buccaneers from 1993 to 1997. He signed a free agent deal with the Green Bay Packers in 1998, but was released during the preseason.[4] Curry played for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1998 to 1999.[5] In seven NFL seasons, Curry played in 75 regular season games, started 44 of them, and contributed 95 tackles, 12.5 quarterback sacks, and seven forced fumbles.[5]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries
1993 TB 10 18 14 4 5.0 2 1
1994 TB 15 23 17 6 3.0 2 0
1995 TB 16 29 25 4 2.0 1 1
1996 TB 12 8 8 0 2.0 1 0
1997 TB 6 1 1 0 0.0 0 0
1998 JAX 11 6 3 3 0.0 0 0
1999 JAX 5 5 4 1 0.5 0 0
Career 75 90 72 18 12.5 6 2

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Life after football[edit]

As of June 2013, Curry resides in Jacksonville, Florida.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Eric Curry. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  2. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Eric Curry. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  3. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1993 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  4. ^ Packers.com, PACKERS SIGN BUCS DE CURRY AS UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT, [1]. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Eric Curry. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  6. ^ "Eric Curry Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Arrest Warrant for Former NFL Player for Unpaid Child Support". ActionNewsJax. June 27, 2013. Archived from the original on October 6, 2013.