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Buddy Curry
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Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1958-06-04) June 4, 1958 (age 57)
Place of birth: Greenville, North Carolina
Career information
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
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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Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:18:45 -0700

He is the son of former Atlanta Falcons standout Buddy Curry. #Freshman A.J. Gray, the 2014 Georgia High School Player of the Year, won't have his playing time restricted to special teams, either. #The Sandersville product has already distinguished ...


Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:23:58 -0700

We really enjoy coming out here and supporting Buddy Curry. What a great organization and a class guy.” All the scoring took place in the first half. All of the points scored by the joes came via the pick-6. The pros were able to use an interception ...


Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:57:59 -0700

For the eighth straight year former George Washington High School and Atlanta Falcon football player Buddy Curry is hosting the Kids & Pros free youth football clinic in Danville. The clinic started Wednesday at Dan Daniel Memorial Park with close to ...


Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:21:25 -0700

#The event, run with the help of former Falcon and Kids and Pros founder Buddy Curry, touched on a number of safety issues that surround football including concussions, proper technique and steroid use prevention. #“We want to inform the moms, that ...

41 NBC News

41 NBC News
Mon, 04 May 2015 20:16:45 -0700

Former Falcons linebacker Buddy Curry will be at Baldwin High School to lead the clinic and speak to parents about football safety, proper equipment fitting, heads up tackling techniques, concussion awareness and more. It gets started at 6 p.m. Click ...

Morganton News Herald

Morganton News Herald
Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:30:00 -0700

Buddy Curry of USA Football (second from right) walks local youth coaches through a drill during Saturday's "Heads Up" training session at Patton High. Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2015 3:22 pm. Youth football coaches take part in concussion training ...

Bluffton Today

Bluffton Today
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 21:30:00 -0700

Buddy Curry has been around football his entire life, and the former standout linebacker with the Atlanta Falcons has seen drastic changes in the sport. He views some changes as improvements, especially the heightened emphasis on concussion awareness ...

Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:01:01 -0800

David Curry, a 3-star safety from Buford High School, switched his commitment from UVA to Georgia Tech after taking an official visit with the Yellow Jackets this weekend. His father is Buddy Curry, who was 1980 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and and ...

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