Seattle’s newest addition linebacker Aaron Curry was just as impressive during interviews this morning as he was at the NFL Scouting Combine back in February.
He was relaxed and approachable in answering questions, let still presented himself strongly and with confidence in answering questions from reporters. In listening to Curry talk you can understand whey GM Tim Ruskell and the rest of the staff were excited about getting Curry, and why he is a good match for the team.
Curry’s a small-town, community-oriented guy who lets his play do the talking.
Ruskell also addressed the Leroy Hill situation, stating that the two sides are continuing negotiations and that the franchise’s goal remains to keep Hill in the fold.
Listen to a snippet of our conversation with Curry here.
Aaron’s mother Chris and fiancé Jamila Abdul-Hakim sat in the front row during the press conference.
Curry will wear the No. 59, the same number Julian Peterson wore when he was here. Curry and Peterson met in Detroit on Curry’s visit there and got along well.
Here’s some tidbits from this morning.
On calling himself a mama’s boy during our conversation on Saturday:
"I definitely take pride in being a mama’s boy. When I was younger, when my older brothers would go out and play they would never let me play. I was always with my mom. And ever since I was young everything I did, I did for my mom and my family.
I had pride in being a mama’s boy. I think it make’s me a unique person, and a strong person."
On playing right away and handling the pressure to perform as the No. 4 overall pick:
"I wouldn’t quite call it pressure. I know there’s a responsibility for me as the first pick to definitely come in and be an impact player right away. And I faith in my work ethic, and I faith in the coaching staff to make me a good player."
On the team’s facilities: "I was blown away when I got off the plane. The city is beautiful. For the most part all the people I’ve met have been very nice to me, and everybody seems excited. And just when I walked into the building it was just mind blowing just to be on the water. And I’ve always loved water."
On meeting his teammates: "I know Lofa is a great linebacker. I’ve seen Marcus Trufant play. I’ve seen Leroy Hill play. They’re both great players. I was teammates with John Tereshinksi, who’s a player here. And Steve Vallos, who plays all over the offensive line. Just walking through the workouts I’ve seen that there’s some great guys here.
"I mean they were poking at me, but I enjoyed it. Those are my type of people. For me to just be able to walk into the room and have some laughs with them."
On what his new teammates said to them:
"Somebody kept screaming out ‘nice suit’ (laughs). But I was really enjoying it just knowing that they were relaxed. And I know as I rookie that I’m going to get some hard times, but I’m looking for it."
On what players he molded himself after: "Growing up and as I got into school I found myself stealing different parts of a lot of great linebackers’ game. I love Lawrence Taylor because of his relentless attitude on the football field. I love Ray Lewis because of his leadership abilities, his passion and his enthusiasm. Derrick Brooks just because he was so athletic, and he really created a trend for us as linebackers to be fast and to be athletic. I mean there’s so many linebackers that I’ve stole something from and put it in one pot."
On choosing No. 59: "It was just the fact that I’ve worn it since my freshman year in college. Initially when I was given 59, me and my mom had a big battle on whether I should continue to where it or not, and she won that battle.
"It was just thrown on me as a freshman and it just kind of grew on me. We have a superstition in our family about changing numbers. That’s a no-no. That’s something you just don’t do. You get a number and whether you’re happy or not, you make your name in that number, and you make that number what it is."