By Brady Henderson
Had Aaron Curry’s career played out as expected, he would have retired years from now – with a resume full of accolades and a place among the best linebackers of his generation.
Instead, he retired from the NFL on Wednesday, closing the book on the career of one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory.
Linebacker Aaron Curry, chosen with the fourth overall pick by Seattle in 2009, retired Wednesday after four NFL seasons. (AP)
Curry was chosen fourth overall by the Seahawks in 2009, and anyone looking for more perspective on how disappointing his career was should consider that his decision to retire from the NFL after just four seasons is just as telling as how he announced it: via Twitter, with little fanfare, and a day after he was released from his third team in two years.
“After a lot of prayer. Consulting with God. The best thing for my family and myself is to retire from the @nfl. I enjoyed it #DeliveredDefender,” Curry tweeted Wednesday, a day after the Giants released him in the first round of roster cuts.
Curry, 27, lasted just over two seasons with the Seahawks, traded to the Raiders in October of 2011 after being passed up on the depth chart by rookie K.J. Wright. The Seahawks acquired a seventh-round pick and a conditional selection for Curry – a modest return for a player once considered a can’t-miss prospect.
710 ESPN Seattle’s Dave Wyman, a linebacker for nine seasons in the NFL, penned a definitive column on Curry following his trade, writing that Curry’s career with the Seahawks was full of baffling mistakes, an inexplicable lack of football instincts and body language that suggested disinterest.
“Curry was considered to be a bust by many at that point (2010) and I was beginning to wonder what was going through his head out on the field … if anything at all,” Wyman wrote.
“I do wish him well. It’s not as if he is a bad guy,” Wyman wrote later in the column. “Perhaps a new environment will give him a fresh start and he’ll be able to recapture his joy of the game. That’s how we all start, just playing for the pure joy of it. Maybe somewhere along the line he lost that. Maybe it was the money. Maybe it was the pressure of being the No. 4 pick in the draft. But right now, he just can’t play.”
Curry has apparently has come to the same conclusion.
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