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Aaron Curry retires

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Aaron Curry, one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory, is calling it a career.

Curry, who was cut by the Giants on Sunday, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that he has decided that he’s done playing football.

“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,” Curry wrote.

As an All-American linebacker at Wake Forest, Curry was viewed as a sure-thing future NFL star. When the Seahawks took him with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, he was widely regarded as the safest pick on the board. Under the NFL’s old salary structure for high draft picks, Curry signed a six-year, $60 million contract with $34 million guaranteed.

Curry was a major disappointment for two and a half seasons in Seattle and in 2011, the Seahawks traded him to Oakland for a seventh-round pick. Curry lasted a year in Oakland before he was cut, and the Giants’ decision to cut him ahead of the deadline to reduce rosters to 75 players pretty much confirmed that he was not a serious candidate for playing time in New York, either. Curry’s decision to retire from the NFL came not only after prayer, but after realizing that no NFL team wants him.

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59 Responses to “Aaron Curry retires”
  1. bucrightoff says: Aug 28, 2013 12:36 PM

    Yeah, I’m sure it was God telling you to do it and not the fact that say the entire league wasn’t interested in you Aaron.

  2. rjg427 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:37 PM

    Since when did God take on moonlighting as a career adviser?

  3. ingraven says: Aug 28, 2013 12:40 PM

    Wow. When first reading this I was shocked, then I thought about his career for 26 seconds, and I wasnt so shocked anymore.

  4. ingraven says: Aug 28, 2013 12:41 PM

    I would always get Aaron Curry & Aaron Maybin confused. Same names, pretty much same careers too.

  5. 60193sheik says: Aug 28, 2013 12:42 PM

    Thats before the Seahawks got all hopped up on PEDs

  6. somethingsmellsrotten says: Aug 28, 2013 12:42 PM

    Praise the Lord!

  7. doall24 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:42 PM

    retires from what? he never did anything.

  8. floratiotime says: Aug 28, 2013 12:42 PM

    Physically gifted, but no head for the game. Zero ability to read or anticipate. Never in the right spot.

  9. citynative says: Aug 28, 2013 12:43 PM

    Please tell us @aaroncurryisabust is retiring too? He is the Oakland Raiders of PFT nation.

  10. golforepar says: Aug 28, 2013 12:43 PM

    Impressive draft pick Seahawks!

  11. jsho55 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:44 PM

    Hopefully he was smart with his money.

    Unfortunate that a career was cut short so early, but he could be set for life if he was smart about his savings.

  12. vdogg says: Aug 28, 2013 12:46 PM

    If he woulda stuck around in Seattle when the PEDs started flowing he’d still be playing….

  13. 80sbroncofan says: Aug 28, 2013 12:50 PM

    2009 draft class is one of the worst of all time. It really sucked for the teams that drafted in the top 10.

  14. jrazz22 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:52 PM

    It’s wasn’t the money that killed his motivation, it was being drafted by a perennial losing franchise.

  15. kuranda84 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:52 PM

    A product of the one and done year of Jim Mora. Man, I do not miss him. But I do apprecate what he didn’t accomplish in order to bring about the Pete Carrol era!

  16. stunzeed5 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:59 PM

    Sad thing is, he could step in and START for the Giants, Colts, and Ravens right now due to their pathetic LBs.

  17. Stupid Lions Fan says: Aug 28, 2013 1:10 PM

    That consultation with God to quit is a lot easier when you have 34M sitting in the bank. I wonder how that consultation would have gone if he needed money to feed his family?

  18. weezycat2 says: Aug 28, 2013 1:12 PM

    he rich

  19. billhicks666 says: Aug 28, 2013 1:14 PM

    stunzeed5 says:

    “Sad thing is, he could step in and START for the Giants, Colts, and Ravens right now due to their pathetic LBs.”

    How do you figure that, seeing as how the Giants just cut him on Sunday??

  20. buddysguys says: Aug 28, 2013 1:15 PM

    That 09 draft is cursed…..the only sure thing is that almost every team drafted a Bust in the 1st rd.

  21. landroo says: Aug 28, 2013 1:15 PM

    Wow, $34 million guaranteed for basically nothing. Good work if you can get it.

  22. kcflake says: Aug 28, 2013 1:16 PM

    I am SO GLAD the Chiefs didn;t draft this guy. Surprised he didn’t do better though.

  23. southpaw2k says: Aug 28, 2013 1:18 PM

    80sbroncofan says:
    Aug 28, 2013 12:50 PM
    2009 draft class is one of the worst of all time. It really sucked for the teams that drafted in the top 10.

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    Boy, you are not kidding. Jason Smith, Curry, Mark Sanchez, Andre Smith, Darrius Heyward-Bay, and Eugene Monroe were all taken in the top ten. Then later on there was Aaron Maybin, Larry English, Peria Jerry, Beanie Wells, and Ziggy Hood all in the first round. That definitely has to be one of the worst drafts so far in the 21st century.

  24. scoops1 says: Aug 28, 2013 1:20 PM

    buddysguys says: Aug 28, 2013 1:15 PM

    That 09 draft is cursed…..the only sure thing is that almost every team drafted a Bust in the 1st rd.
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    Clay Matthews is working out pretty well for the Packers

  25. dannycarrao says: Aug 28, 2013 1:27 PM

    It saddens me that people feel it’s so acceptable to mock those who believe in God. So he prayed about his decision – is that really so bad? To mock someone because they did, well, I guess it’s a sign of the times, huh? Sigh…

  26. trollsetter says: Aug 28, 2013 1:29 PM

    He’s better than AJ Hawk. Just sayin’.

  27. themagicman1223 says: Aug 28, 2013 1:34 PM

    Impressive draft pick Seahawks!

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    Right! I guess all the late round picks we built our team on also aren’t impressive, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor plus a couple of other prospects who have shown potential. I also didn’t even name the high round picks such as ET who’s one of the best safeties in the league, Golden Tate who has developed into a pretty good playmaker. But hey I guess when a team has so many haters those people need to find the bad pick and try to mock the team. The thing you people don’t realize is that it happens to every team, Hawks still have one of the best recent draft records in the entire league.

  28. themagicman1223 says: Aug 28, 2013 1:37 PM

    Russell Okung is also one of the best LT’s in the entire league, obviously I didn’t name them all because I don’t have the time and this is off the top of my head. But you people constantly hating on the hawks are pretty pathetic.

  29. skinsdiehard says: Aug 28, 2013 1:50 PM

    Okung’s a bust too. Golden Tattoo as well.

  30. bigbens69taintedlove says: Aug 28, 2013 1:50 PM

    34 mil guaranteed…who has the last laugh?

  31. southpaw2k says: Aug 28, 2013 1:51 PM

    golforepar says:
    Aug 28, 2013 12:43 PM

    Impressive draft pick Seahawks!

    —————————————————

    I’m sure your team has never, in its entire history, ever had a high draft pick gone bust. If that’s the case, then I sure would like to know which team you root for, because they must have won every single championship going back to the beginning of the NFL.

  32. vgferenzi says: Aug 28, 2013 1:53 PM

    Most efficient player in history..from the player’s perspective.

    He made $172,414.00 per tackle

    or if you prefer

    $7.78 million per sack

    That’s not bad for a career!

  33. tim8450 says: Aug 28, 2013 1:56 PM

    Dude busts his hump in college, gets paid $34 M, retires young. I wish I had that kind of failure in my life.

    Really, like most people out of college, your first job is not your lifelong career. He just gets a jump on all the other players who retire in their 30’s with sometimes less money and a more broken body.

    Haters gonna hate but he stuck his neck out to try to live the dream. Not his fault Seattle drafted him, can’t blame him for accepting the offer even if he wasn’t up to the task.

  34. danfitzger says: Aug 28, 2013 1:56 PM

    “Clay Matthews is working out pretty well for the Packers”

    As is Brian Orakpo with the Redskins. Kinda ironic that in one of the worst recent draft classes Vinny Cerato actually managed to find a player.

  35. westof1club says: Aug 28, 2013 1:57 PM

    Funny god hasn’t broken the news to his poster boy in Boston that he sucks worse than this guy.

  36. acorp11 says: Aug 28, 2013 2:00 PM

    Say what you want about his playing career, but Curry is also one of the nicest guys to grace the NFL. I wish him nothing but the best in the rest of his life.

  37. scoobies05 says: Aug 28, 2013 2:01 PM

    upshaw dumervil suggs smith bynes mcclellan. which raven is he starting ahead of? none of the above

  38. isphet71 says: Aug 28, 2013 2:05 PM

    Awful lot of bitterness and resentment being said about a good, high character guy that just couldn’t make it in the NFL.

    It’s a shame he couldn’t cut it, especially considering his draft status, but dang. Not sure why everyone thinks they can or should pile on the guy other than to feel better about yourselves.

  39. kayakattack says: Aug 28, 2013 2:17 PM

    Stafford – Good
    Smith – Biggest Bust in his class
    Tyson Jackson – Bust
    Curry – Bust
    Sanchez – bust
    Smith – Came Back, somewhat underrated
    Monroe – Good, very underrated
    Raji – just okay, sometimes really good
    Crabtree – Not good but not a total bust

    The top ten was really about the same as other years once you look at it but wow, what a bad class

  40. oruacat2 says: Aug 28, 2013 2:17 PM

    If he was smart with his money and doesn’t have any ego/pride hangups, this worked out pretty well for Aaron Curry.

    Millions of dollars in the bank without the head injuries and deteriorated physical body that might normally come from a long career as an NFL LB.

  41. NotoriousKDV says: Aug 28, 2013 2:17 PM

    “As an All-American linebacker at Wake Forest, Curry was viewed as a sure-thing future NFL star.”

    Viewing anyone coming out of Wake Forest as a sure-thing future NFL star is a mistake I’m sure no one will make again.

  42. pl4tinum514 says: Aug 28, 2013 2:19 PM

    thank god for the rookie payscale. you wont see many more stories like this.

  43. pettytom says: Aug 28, 2013 2:31 PM

    You are obviously horrible because many teams out there have significant injuries to their LB corp (looking at you Saints) and yet you still can’t get a spot on a roster. I hope you saved your money!

  44. audioflint says: Aug 28, 2013 2:35 PM

    Here’s to all those doubters who said the Lions can’t draft a solid player (i.e. Megatron went two picks before Curry…and the Vikings got a steal in A.P. 3 picks later).

  45. cup1981 says: Aug 28, 2013 2:38 PM

    I think lack of interest had a hell of a lot more to do with the decision than “God.”

  46. farvite says: Aug 28, 2013 2:54 PM

    Retired.

    Is that the new pop culture term for when you’re no wanted?!

  47. singisking says: Aug 28, 2013 2:55 PM

    Vernon and Aaron would be quite the defensive bookend pairing for the Alouettes, with Maybin backing them up! Either that, or the 3 of them together can become the fiercest painting team in history.

  48. screbels89 says: Aug 28, 2013 2:57 PM

    “he was widely regarded as the safest pick on the board”

    Actually, I remember it being mentioned a lot how it would be hard to draft a LB that high who only had like 5 sacks his entire college career.

  49. samoanjungle says: Aug 28, 2013 3:22 PM

    I wish I would have saved my posts about that draft stating that Aaron Curry would be a bust so I could say I told you so Seattle.
    Heck I’ll say it anyway LOL

  50. whatwhat2013 says: Aug 28, 2013 3:24 PM

    Well, at least he kept his nose clean. No arrests, no suspensions, no fines. Only negative can say is that he wasn’t successful as an NFL player. But he made into the league which is still an accomplishment.

  51. deltaoracle says: Aug 28, 2013 3:27 PM

    Note to Heidi trolls: A.J. Hawk has been a disappointment. Curry was a bust. And yeah, Mandarich too, at least for GB.

  52. jwil007 says: Aug 28, 2013 3:45 PM

    yea the 09′ draft was whack! we picked up a guy who ran a 40 with no shirt on….He went on to break his foot in camp, gain weight at the speed of light become a very good run blocker but very avg pass blocker…got arrested or leaving his fisher price water gun in his bag in Atlanta..Asked for 9 million on the market…hilarious that was but only got 6 mill per….Do you know who this guy is???????

    09 was whack!

  53. bigalhebdman says: Aug 28, 2013 3:51 PM

    And the good news for Seattle is that Russell Wilson wasn’t.

  54. ceraser45 says: Aug 28, 2013 3:54 PM

    All you guys want to bust Curry’s chops and take shots at God. You are the losers, not Aaron Curry. Football didn’t work out for him and maybe he didnt get into the right coaching staff or situation.

  55. clevelandbrowns1999 says: Aug 28, 2013 4:14 PM

    I’m surprised the Browns didn’t draft this guy. He would have fit right in!

  56. tarrilasgiant1090 says: Aug 28, 2013 4:36 PM

    @ audioflint – Megatron and A.P. were not in 09 draft.

    09 draft picks with super bowl rings. Clay Mathhews, BJ Rahi, Michael Oher, Malcolm Jenkings, Hakeem Nicks. All contributors.

  57. tarrilasgiant1090 says: Aug 28, 2013 4:36 PM

    “09 first round draft picks’

  58. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 28, 2013 4:40 PM

    I TOLD you all but none of you clowns believed me. Accept me as your prophet.

  59. pacodawg says: Aug 28, 2013 6:55 PM

    He should be arrested for theft.

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