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Buddy Curry
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1958-06-04) June 4, 1958 (age 56)
Place of birth: Greenville, North Carolina
Career information
College: North Carolina
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
Debuted in 1980
Last played in 1987
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 got 229 tackles, which remained the most by a Falcons defender until 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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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:51:47 -0700

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore notified the Sheriff's Office of the potentially illegal acts, saying a recording exists of Mayor Buddy Curry instructing city employees not to tell anyone about $200 that went missing out of the Johnson Recorder/Treasurer ...
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:15:00 -0700

Worrilow joined Tommy Nobis (1966), Buddy Curry (1980), and Rick Bryan (1984) as the only rookies to lead the team in tackles and is the only undrafted rookie to lead the team in tackles. Worrilow finished the game with 10 tackles (three solo), one ...


Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:46:18 -0700

Chief Vernon Sisemore received the four votes needed out of six council members to overturn Mayor Buddy Curry's decision to fire Sisemore. The Johnson City Council deliberated for nearly two hours before announcing its decision. Four council members ...
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 06:07:30 -0700

The former Delaware star played in 16 games with 12 starts for the Falcons in 2013 and became the first undrafted rookie to lead the team in tackles (137), just the third rookie overall to lead the team in tackles, joining Tommy Nobis (1966), Buddy ...
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 11:11:50 -0700

Whitton said the All-Timers include former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Buddy Curry and several men who played college sports. Whitton, who played semi-pro football for the Georgia Cougars, also was a professional wrestler. Admission to the event is free ...
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:15:01 -0700

FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Crews are preparing to break ground on a nearly $60 million medical school at Chaffee Crossing. Crews started moving dirt for the new medical school going up Monday (Sept.22). Leaders said it's a project several months in the ...

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Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:07:41 -0700

Buddy Curry had a cracked vertebra in his neck he was never told about. So that's significant. So there were some things going on back then that, in today's standards, could be arguably almost criminal. Then in 1987, that was really a difficult time ...

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