February 3, 1970 |
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||270 lb (122 kg)|
|High school:||Thomasville (GA)|
|NFL Draft:||1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
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|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Eric Felece Curry (born February 3, 1970) is an American 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.
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.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Curry in the first round, with the sixth overall pick, of the 1993 NFL Draft. 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. Curry played for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1998 to 1999. 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.
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Life after football
- National Football League, Historical Players, Eric Curry. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
- databaseFootball.com, Players, Eric Curry Archived 2012-03-24 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
- Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1993 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
- Packers.com, PACKERS SIGN BUCS DE CURRY AS UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT, . Retrieved October 10, 2012.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Eric Curry. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
- "Eric Curry Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
- "Arrest Warrant for Former NFL Player for Unpaid Child Support". ActionNewsJax. June 27, 2013. Archived from the original on October 6, 2013.