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Buddy Curry
No. 50
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1958-06-04) June 4, 1958 (age 57)
Place of birth: Greenville, North Carolina
Career information
High school: Virginia
College: North Carolina
NFL draft: 1980 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Sacks: 5.5
Interceptions: 7
Touchdowns: 1
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-70's George Washington Eagles teams in Danville, VA.[2]

College career[edit]

NFL career[edit]

In his rookie year, Curry co-shared the award 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.[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. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Falcons' short drives bump Rams off the top". Chicago Sun-Times (Associated Press). October 13, 1986. Retrieved 26 March 2014. (subscription required)
  5. ^ Casazza, Mike (May 18, 2009). "Mountaineer football 2010 commitment list grows". Charleston Daily Mail. Retrieved 26 March 2014. (subscription required)

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 21:11:27 -0700

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