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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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16 news items

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:03:45 -0700

Danville native and former Atlanta Falcon Buddy Curry brought the Kids and Pros Heads Up Football Camp back to Danville this year. After drawing approximately 150 campers out last year, Curry's camp experienced major growth in its seventh year in ...
Roanoke Times
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:41:15 -0700

Buddy Curry was a two-time, first-team All-ACC linebacker who was selected in the second round of the 1980 NFL Draft by Atlanta. He was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, a two-time Pro Bowler and the Falcons' record-holder for tackles in a season ...
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:36:49 -0700

Former Falcon Buddy Curry was among the organizers for the event, which was planned in concert with his nonprofit group, Kids and Pros. He didn't mince words about the dangers in football — or how they've been played up in the media. “I know everybody ...
Macon Telegraph (blog)
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:18:45 -0700

Another item was a Falcons jersey signed by former linebacker Buddy Curry. Curry, who is a friend of Davison's, was at the auction. The evening also included a chance to sample foods from 33 area restaurants, all of which donated the fare for the event.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:56:15 -0700

Originally the brainchild of former Falcons linebacker Buddy Curry, Kids & Pros has helped coach more than half a million young people ages 7 to 13 in its 12 years of existence. Now tied to the NFL, its newest focus has been on tackling techniques, its ...

Macon Telegraph (blog)

Macon Telegraph (blog)
Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:16:04 -0700

Another item was a Falcons jersey signed by former linebacker Buddy Curry. Curry, who is a friend of Davison's, was at the auction. The evening also included a chance to sample foods from 33 area restaurants, all of which donated the food for the event.
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:04:04 -0700

Kids and Pros will host its free youth football safety clinic for children ages 7-14 July 19 at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville. The event, from 9 a.m. to noon, will feature former Atlanta Falcons Buddy Curry and Bobby Butler, who will teach safe ...
ESPN (blog)
Sun, 29 Jun 2014 02:03:40 -0700

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