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Morning links: Curry admits football was not his No. 1 priority in Seattle

Post by Eric Williams on May 23, 2013 at 6:57 am with 63 Comments »
May 23, 2013 7:11 am
Seattle Seahawks' Aaron Curry at a walkthrough football practice to open training camp Thursday, July 28, 2011, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks’ Aaron Curry at a walkthrough football practice to open training camp Thursday, July 28, 2011, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Tom Pedulla of The New York Times provides some revealing quotes from former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry.

The No. 4 overall pick of the 2009 draft, who’s now in a three-man competition for the starting middle linebacker job with the New York Giants, Curry said that football was not his No. 1 priority while with the Seahawks.

“I think earlier in my career I was real selfish and self-centered,” he said. “I was more about me than the Seahawks.”

Curry signed a six-year, $60 million deal, including $34 million guaranteed, while with the Seahawks. Seattle traded Curry to Oakland for fifth and seventh round selections in 2011 after K.J. Wright took over his starting outside linebacker job midway through the season.

Kerry Byrne of Cold Football Facts reports that the Seattle Seahawks are No. 1 in the NFL executing situational football. Byrne calculates a team’s offensive and defensive efficiency inside the red zone.

Danny O’Neil writing for 710 ESPN Seattle says that the Seahawks latest PED ban doesn’t mean that they are cheaters.

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According to KIRO-TV news, Seattle police are investigating security issues at CenturyLink Field after the photo above of an unidentified man sitting atop the stadium has been found circulating around the internet.

Offensive lineman Jake Sccherer out of the University of Minnesota-Deluth reportedly has been added to Seattle’s 90-man roster this week.

The Trufant Family Foundation had some sports memorabilia stolen after a charity auction.

Another Seahawk will be announced among the league’s top 100 players when the NFL Network reveals No. 51-60 this evening at 5 p.m. Earl Thomas (66), Percy Harvin (90) and Max Unger (95) all have appeared on the list so far.

At $7 million annually, Pete Carroll is tied for No. 3 among the top paid coaches in U.S. major sports.

Chuck Norris writes that Tim Tebow is the ultimate clutch player in the NFL. It’s worth a read this morning.

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  1. What a loser. Undeniable talent. And to think I stood up for him time and again, and blamed the staff for not dumbing down the system to suit him, and therefore get the most out of him.

    Even the most talented must work hard and study hard to excel at the NFL level, and they must have a burning passion to succeed. Curry had nothing but a sense of entitlement.

    How about paying some of that money you stole from Seattle back, since you admit you didnt give your best effort, scumbag?!

    I hope you flame out in NY and end up fat broke and toothless before youre 40 Curry! Suck eggs d-bag!

  2. Seahawks22360 says:

    Aaron Curry is the laziest player I’ve ever seen. Taking plays off when asked to do something that doesn’t suit his strengths!? I wish him nothing but failure in his future endeavors.

  3. Seahawks22360 says:

    Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.

  4. Ewalters7354 says:

    I think it’s just an excuse on why he sucked.Nothing more nothing less.

  5. Ewalters7354 says:

    “I hope you flame out in NY and end up fat broke and toothless before youre 40 Curry! Suck eggs d-bag!”

    No offense but that’s an attitude I despise. I expect to hear that from Raider fan, not Seahawk fans

    And you actually said you “hope”

  6. Sekolah says:

    Agreed, Ewalt. This is nothing more than Curry making excuses for failure. He is now in the midst of a last ditch effort to rebuild his NFL legacy. Switching to mike LB? Interesting move. He’ll never be more than a 2 down backer in this league though, as he does not have the mobility or the instincts for pass coverage, and is extremely one-dimensional as a pass rusher.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Curry gave lip service to what a good guy he was, how he came from a strong family, and how his work ethic was unmatched when the ‘Hawks drafted him. He proved in short order that he was a complete fraud. From complaining about attending Seahawk sponsored fan events before ever taking a snap in the league, bitching about the ‘Hawks charter plane, where they conducted their walkthroughs on the road the day before games, to flat out giving up on plays on the field. I say now what I said the moment Carroll jettisoned him: good riddance.

    Whoever that is on top of Seahawk Stadium I say “well done”. I think that’s cool.

  8. Dude has $20+ million in the bank (maybe). Doubt he cares one bit about his “legacy”. He’s loaded. For life. If he’s smart with his dough. Sadly, that’s a huge IF for most pro athletes.

    He’ll flame out in NY, just like he did in OAK and SEA. He has no passion. Like so many before him, he got paid and stopped caring. Unless you’ve been there yourself, you can’t really blame him. Most athletes play for the money and there’s nothing wrong with that.

  9. IssaquahJustin says:

    Chuck Norris is a sports writer now? Look out, I heard that Chuck Norris once made a Happy Meal cry.

  10. Sekolah says:

    “Doubt he cares one bit about his “legacy”.”

    This is basically all he has left to play for. What is he playing for now? More money? Really? He’s in the midst of learning a position he’s never really played before and competing for a roster spot based only on padding his bank account?

  11. EWalters-Touche! Using my own words against me is rather cold. But I am not saying I dont care if he gets hurt, but after taking around 30 million bucks from Seattle and then not giving his all, I cannot wish him success in the future.

    There isnt much I despise more than people deliberately wasting talent. Whether its musicians, singers, physicists, athletes, or artists, wasting talent is an absolute crime. So is stealing and lying: and by signing his name and agreeing to a contract with Seattle for all that money, he agreed to give his best. Now he admits he lied and lied and did not in fact give his best. So he’s a liar and a thief.

    How is that like a Raiders fan?! Crabtree by all accounts has finally grown up and works hard for his money. He was busy busting his but and received a terrible injury for his efforts. Curry on the other hand, lied and stole from Seattle and still has a chance to do well? Pardon me if Im not enthused about that.

    But youre right: perhaps he’s just dumb as hell and this is an excuse that for him is better than admitting he sucks and cant hack it in the NFL.

    Regardless, I dont wish him physical injury, and I would still feel bad if he were to suffer a major injury–though not as bad as I feel for Crabtree. But I cannot wish Curry success now or in the future in the NFL.

  12. Eh, youre right EWalters. The fat broke and toothless comment is exactly the kind of thing I despise from others. You were right and I was wrong. I apologize for that, and I would take it back if I could.

    You shame me.

  13. Ewalters7354 says:

    You are contradicting yourself as always.Have a good day STTBM.

  14. “I think it’s just an excuse on why he sucked.Nothing more nothing less.”

    I couldn’t agree more. I might buy that excuse after one team got rid of him, but after two teams … no, there’s much more to it than motivation. You’ve got to also be able to play the game mentally — that’s where he lacks. If Russell Wilson could donate 10 percent of his football IQ to Curry, Curry would be a solid player and Wilson would still be above most QBs in the league.

  15. “No offense but that’s an attitude I despise. I expect to hear that from Raider fan, not Seahawk fans”

    It’s funny how we think of Seahawks fans as being more decent overall than Raiders fans, yet if you read comments on PFT or another NFL site, you’ll see plenty of classless comments from Seahawks fans. I really don’t think one fan base is much different from another.

    Except Niner fans. They are the worst.

  16. Ewalters7354 says:

    Lol canfan that was me messing with STTBM over something he told me yesterday.I agree a lot of fans are similar.

  17. hawkfan777 says:

    Canfan,

    Yes, 49ers fans are in their own category. That is for sure.

  18. hawkfan777 says:

    I posted one comment and this website told me to slow down because I am posting too quickly???

  19. LeePHilI says:

    Reading the Whirled Net Daily will garner the results you seek from a Chuck Norris opinion on Tim Tebow.

    Now we return to our regularly scheduled media.

  20. EWalters–In a moment of emotion I posted something I am not proud of. You called me on it, and while still riled up, wrote a response. After further thought, I realized that you were correct to call me out and I felt remorse for my earlier harshness. What else do you want me to say? Mea culpa.

  21. Seahawks22360 says:

    Curry is a perfect example of the change in evaluation. PC/JS don’t go after the “safe” pick. They find players with unique traits not one trick ponies.

  22. juliusvrooder says:

    While the Seahawks wasted a lot of money on Curry, it is a mistake to assume “…dude is set for life,” Aaron Curry is a drooling moron. It is not beyond the realm of possibilility that he has spent tens of millions blinging up his Hotwheels collection, or renting a carribean island for his 25th birthday party.

    They say the lotto is a tax on people who are bad at math. I got a chuckle out of a study that showed a rediculously high number of lotto winners went bankrupt within five years. I could deffinately see Curry in that group.

    Dude is stupid for life. He is more likely to turn thirty in prison than in the NFL.

  23. Ewalters7354 says:

    We good bro.I really just took it a a laugh.No offense taken.I enjoy your posting as I enjoy bbnates.We disagree on a lot but at the end of the day it’s nothing personal. Though typed words can make it seem that way.

  24. chuck_easton says:

    While Curry was here I repeatedly said I didn’t buy the good guy, mamma’s boy, strong Christian act he was putting out.

    It was clear right from the training camp holdout he was only here for the ‘fish’ (Hitchhikers Guide to the Gallery reference). It was all about the big payday.

    Every comment from Curry was a ‘player’s gotta get paid…’ Every thing he did was not to better the team, or contribute to the team it was to ensure he got that highlight moment on ESPN.

    I stated right from the get-go that Curry was going to cruise through his contract until the final year and then he was going to turn on the jets. His goal all along was to get as much of Mr. Allen’s money has he could and parlay that into a big contract with an East Coast team.

    Well, he got to the East Coast team, but he didn’t get the big payday. I for one, while openly admitting Mr. Curry is definitely NOT on my Christmas Card list, believe he’s suddenly going to ‘find’ all that talent he has and will play lights out in NY. This time next year he will be demanding the big contract because ‘he’s gotta get paid…’

  25. chuck_easton says:

    Ewalters,

    Everything is personal. And how could you wear that shirt with those pants? Did you dress in the dark today?

    :)

    Just kidding. It’s easy to get into a heated e-debate while sitting behind a keyboard only to realize that if you were in the same room with the other person you could still have the difference of opinion but it would never sound as bad as it does in type.

  26. bbnate420 says:

    canfan, there are idiots in every fan base for sure, but I’m guessing you’ve never attended a game at Oakland-Alameda Stadium. I don’t think opposing teams’ fans have to seriously worry about their safety very often at the Clink.

    I wouldn’t assume that Curry even has a million left. Athletes are notoriously bad with their money. I have never been a fan of the dude personally, but I don’t wish him ill. Tons of players throughout NFL history have been compensated far less than they should’ve. He was compensated more than he should’ve. Life goes on.

    An article by Chuck Norris about Tim Tebow. What’s next, an article by Jean Claude Van Damme about the cover-2 defense? Excuse me if I take anything Norris has to say about Tebow with a grain of salt. Good job though, Eric. Tebow equals posts.

  27. Ewalters7354 says:

    Lol chuck! Great, great point.

  28. chrisj122 says:

    There has to be a joke in somewhere about Chuck Norris Tebowing but either I’m not clever enough to come up with one at the moment or I just really don’t want to waste the effort.

  29. chrisj122 says:

    The picture of Curry on the top of the page kind of say it all.
    He has the look of a neanderthal trying to comprehend quantum physics string theory, when actually he’s trying to comprehend who is X and who is O.

    Aaron Curry = Loser. Maybe he can understand that equation.

  30. ChrisHolmes says:

    Hmm… dude on top of the stadium looks like me.

    Or Mike Portnoy. Hard to tell. If the hair is long, maybe it’s Portnoy.

  31. chrisj122 says:

    I take that back, that was an insensitive statement made on my part.

    I feel I need to apologize to all neanderthals that ever existed for categorizing them with Aaron Curry.

    In the future I will think before I post in hopes of not offending (no guarantees) any non-existent or extinct sub-human species.

    Again my apologies.

  32. “Whoever that is on top of Seahawk Stadium I say “well done”. I think that’s cool. ”

    I agree . . .and also, who took the picture?

  33. raymaines says:

    There seems to be two things that football coaches can’t teach, but somehow they keep trying. First, you can’t teach an inaccurate QB to consistently throw accurately. Second, you can’t teach character traits.

    The first point has nothing to do with this conversation, but Aaron Curry and Josh Portis are good examples of the second. You can modify or monitor a person’s behavior and maybe even his attitude, but you can’t teach honesty or passion.

  34. Macabrevity says:

    STTBM said; “I hope you flame out in NY and end up fat broke and toothless before youre 40 Curry!”

    People don’t take my theory seriously, but if you look at pics of Curry when drafted, he seemed to already be in his early 30′s. That would explain why he was so dominant in college, a man among boys. Unfortunately that also made him well past his prime in the NFL. I wish the old guy luck in trying to revive a career that was born out of his mother’s efforts to hide the fact that he was held back in school 8-10 times.

  35. MoSeahawk12 says:

    What a waste! I was pretty excited about drafting Curry as I read all the great stories of his speed and watched a ton of video. He looked the part and the majority of the sports media declared the guy the next great linebacker and surest most NFL ready pick that year.

    I almost broke my personal rule of not buying any guys jersey until the second year to make sure they were as good as advertised. Glad I waited on Curry’s. I know ACIB wears his proudly.

    The one really great thing that came out of the lockout and the new CBA is the rookie salary cap. This was many years overdue as rookies should not get handed a 30+ million check before even playing one snap. Aaron Curry is another example of wasted millions, time and talent.

  36. HawkFromDay1 says:

    Let’s make sure Jim Mora shares some of the blame on this one. They took a coverage SAM and tried to turn him into a pass rusher – that was NEVER who Aaron Curry was gonna be. They totally ingored his college tape and convinced themselves he could be a pass rusher purely on his athletic ability. Know what? This is the NFL and those left tackles are pretty good athletes too.

    If that’s what they wanted, why didn’t they just take Orakpo? Or heck, Mark Sanchez – at least it would have been a QB instead of an OLB in teh TOP 10!

    Tim Ruskell you make me insane… still…

  37. I always said Curry was a mental midget. He never quite had his mind into the game. Stupid mistakes at stupid times. Penalties for yacking his jaw or shoving someone when it just wasn’t necessary. To hear him say these things now, well it really starts to connect the dots on why he was a bust. I hope he excels in NYC. Physically he had all the tools. I don’t believe he is a bad person, just not very mature and a little too overhyped in his own mind. He does leave me irritated though…To think we threw a ton of money at him and wasted a very high pick…thoughts of Curry just remind m of how much I hated that FO. I’ll take the PED issues any day over the head issues.

  38. Ewalters7354 says:

    “If that’s what they wanted, why didn’t they just take Orakpo? Or heck, Mark Sanchez – at least it would have been a QB instead of an OLB in teh TOP 10!”

    Couldn’t have said it better.I know based on Ruskell’s history that if he would have been GM one more year we would have no Okung or ET.Remember, he valued guys who started 4yrs in college. UGH!

  39. bryndildaddy says:

    “Doubt he cares one bit about his “legacy”.”

    “This is basically all he has left to play for. What is he playing for now? More money?”

    He has a pension to play for. And health care coverage for the rest of his life.

  40. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Great post Ewalters. Ruskell being gone was the first step to the turn around of the program. I can’t imagine this team without Earl or Okung. For John and Pete to pull both guys that first draft is nothing short of steller and will impact this francise for years to come. Not to mention the rest of the 2010 draft.

  41. doubledink says:

    One of my favorite quotes,

    “Nothing in the world takes the place of persistence.
    Talent will not. The world if full of unsuccessful men with talent.
    Genius will not. The unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
    Education alone will not. The world is full of educated idiots.
    Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

    Calvin Coolidge

  42. HawkfaninMT says:

    I was an Orakpo over Curry guy, and I say that proudly! Can you imagine what Pete could do with The Racks size, speed, and physicality in our Defense?

    Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

  43. I missed the boat on Orakpo. I was still pissed we drafted LoJack and Jennings (nothings changed) and Tapp hadnt flamed out yet, so I didnt want another DE.

    Our best draft pick of all time? Firing Ruskell and Mora.

  44. ChrisHolmes says:

    “There seems to be two things that football coaches can’t teach, but somehow they keep trying. First, you can’t teach an inaccurate QB to consistently throw accurately. Second, you can’t teach character traits.”

    Oh how true that is.

    Especially the accuracy part. How long will people keep thinking you can coach that up?

  45. sluggo42 says:

    Well then,
    After all this I guess I gotta go with Ewalt. Excuse for the inability to understand the game and how to play his position. I can’t even begin to count the times he was absorbed by an o-lineman and rendered useless… Or, over-running a play and having the cut-back gain 20 as he disappeared into the wash. Or catch a flag for taking the play to long, and, trying to be the tough guy…

    At least the Boz was good till his shoulders fell apart…

  46. sluggo42 says:

    And “can’t teach accuracy” and Tebow in the same thread… What are the odds?

  47. ljarllrajl says:

    When Chuck Norris says it’s Tebow Time, you dang well better believe it’s Tebow Time.

    There once was a street named after Chuck Norris but they had to change it because nobody crosses Chuck Norris and lives!

    I don’t care how lazy Aaron Curry might have been OFF the field, he was still the dumbest player I’ve ever seen ON the field.

  48. Ewalters7354 says:

    Remember when Aaron Curry jumped offside (which he waa known for) in preseason and immediately looked around to see if the ref spooted him? That was against the Vikings.Or how about that same game he thought he had a sure sack.All to realize it was play action.Not only that but after realizing it was play action, he hurried and tried to get back in position instead on just sacking McNabb.Ugh!Lets npt even talk about the Lawrence Jackson pick.Smh

  49. Ewalters7354 says:

    spotted*

  50. sluggo42 says:

    Yes, he was about as sharp as a bag of rocks…
    He brought new meaning to the phrase, “maybe he’ll bite on the fake”…
    If bass were as easily fooled as him, I would win every tournament I fish in…

  51. The way i like to think about Curry is like this….without him we wouldn’t have PC/JS. If he wouldn’t have been a bust, if he would have been a decent to good LB, maybe that would have saved Ruskells job..maybe it would have saved Mora’s job. Now, curry would never have had enough impact to have that year be memorable, but maybe, just maybe it would have kept Paul Allen happy enough that things were looking up. Instead, Ruskell/Mora were canned, in comes PC/JS and today we have ET, Sherm, RW, Harvin, Rice, Lynch…..wow. Curry made all of this possible! :)

  52. Ewalters7354 says:

    Lmao hilarious! Thanks AC.You were a blessing in disguise ;-)

  53. Just my 2 cents of “half glass full” thoughts today!

  54. And I didn’t think my opinion of Curry could get any worse. Where is ACIB – he’d have a field day.

    When the boogeyman goes to bed each night, he first checks under his bed for Chuck Norris.

  55. abqhwkfn says:

    Bobby, as i read down the thread I was thinking the same thing about ACIB. Man, that guy was good at hijacking a topic.

  56. trout_hound says:

    I can think of 34 million reasons Curry got lazy. I will really hate him if it actually turns out he can play now that he’s a Giant.

  57. GeorgiaRay says:

    A-C-I-B

  58. rramstad says:

    Ray said “Second, you can’t teach character traits.”

    In my mind, this is a GREAT reason to get out there and volunteer with youth, especially at-risk youth, and young men without fathers in the household.

    You absolutely CAN teach character traits to youth. In fact, I think for most young men who don’t have a lot of good male role models, even the occasional contact with someone who is a coach, or a teacher, or a librarian… you get the idea, it can make a HUGE impact.

    Mr. Curry is who he is partially because of his own personal genetic makeup, true, but also is a product of his environment, and I believe that if he was repeatedly exposed to people who were hard working and showed good character, some of that would have rubbed off on him.

    Not to slag Mr. Curry’s extended family, that’s not the point of my post, my point is…

    If you like young men with good character, volunteer to work with young men!

  59. HonHawksLSB says:

    Curry = Sweezy & Tharold Simon (who I think will start for us at some point in 2014 or beyond)

    So he wasn’t a total waste of a pick. Glass half full

  60. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    wow no ACIB, that siad who cares?

  61. sluggo42 says:

    Lol oakie,
    But I would have liked the comic relief.

  62. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Could ACIB be one of these posters?- 1- Yankita,or the yangster, or yanking your chain.-70%.

    2- nate the great who can’t ever concede a debate, even if it’s clear he can’t win a debate. 20%.

    3- Bobbyk- alias Yankita, alias ACIB, alias Dukeshire, alias Eric, alias Elvis Presley. Lol. 10%.

  63. bbnate420 says:

    Georgia, I’m starting to think that you’re actually ACIB and aliases since you seem to be obsessed with it. Obsess much?

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