Every year there are players in the draft that scouts understand are “boom or bust”-type players. These are guys whose raw athletic ability gives them the potential for stardom yet possess a flaw that could result in NFL failure. Aaron Curry was no such player; he was considered a “sure thing,” except he turned out to be anything but.
Aaron Curry, the #4 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft for the Seattle Seahawks, was supposed to be as close to a guarantee as a prospect can be. He was athletic, possessed the right physique, was highly intelligent, and had off the charts maturity and intangibles.
Now, after a lackluster five years in the league, the former All-American linebacker has decided to retire.
“After a lot of prayer. Consulting with God. The best thing for myfamily and myself is to retire from the NFL. I enjoyed it,” Curry tweeted Wednesday.
It is one of the more interesting turn of events in recent memory that Curry, who was supposed to anchor the Seahawks defense for years to come, is now considered one of the biggest draft busts over the last several years.
The former Wake Forest star fared poorly in Seattle, never caught fire in Oakland after being traded for a seventh-round pick, and failed to even make the 75-man roster for the Giants.
Over the course of his career, Curry played in only 48 games and accumulated just 203 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles. After being drafted, he signed a six year, $60-million contract with $34 million in guaranteed money.