Buddy Curry

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Buddy Curry
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Curry in 2018
No. 50
Personal information
Born: (1958-06-04) June 4, 1958 (age 60)
Greenville, North Carolina
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:224 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Danville (VA) Washington
College:North Carolina
NFL Draft:1980 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

George Jessel "Buddy" Curry (born June 4, 1958) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons from 1980 to 1987. He played college football for the University of North Carolina A second-round pick in the 1980 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, he was selected as the 1980 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and was a All-Pro selection in 1980 and 1982.

He is currently the head master trainer for USA Football's "Heads Up Football Program", which teaches youth athletes proper tackling techniques.[1]

High school career[edit]

Buddy Curry was the defensive stalwart on Coach Alger Pugh's fine mid-1970s George Washington Eagles teams in Danville, VA.[2]

College career[edit]

NFL career[edit]

In his rookie year, Curry co-shared the award[clarification needed] with fellow Atlanta linebacker Al Richardson. In 1983, Curry made 229 tackles, which remains the most by a Falcons defender in a season, followed by Keith Brooking's 212 tackles in 2002.[3] He blocked a field goal during a 26–14 victory against the Los Angeles Rams on October 12, 1986.[4]

Personal life[edit]

His son, Jessel Curry was a 2009 recruit to West Virginia University football team. He also has another son named David Curry who is a Linebacker at Georgia Tech. [5]


  1. ^ "Buddy Curry helping Heads Up program with Kids & Pros". NFL Evolution. 2013-04-27. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  2. ^ http://www.gwfootball.com/curry.htm
  3. ^ "FALCONS RE-SIGN BROOKING". The Boston Globe. Associated Press. February 21, 2003. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Falcons' short drives bump Rams off the top". Chicago Sun-Times. Associated Press. October 13, 1986. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2014.(subscription required)
  5. ^ Casazza, Mike (May 18, 2009). "Mountaineer football 2010 commitment list grows". Charleston Daily Mail. Archived from the original on April 14, 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2014.(subscription required)