Buddy Curry
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Curry in 2018
No. 50
Personal information
Born: (1958-06-04) June 4, 1958 (age 65)
Greenville, North Carolina, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:224 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Danville (VA) George Washington
College:North Carolina
NFL Draft:1980 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

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 2nd-round pick in the 1980 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, he and his Falcons teammate Al Richardson were selected as the 1980 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

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

Buddy Curry was the defensive stalwart on Coach Alger Pugh's fine mid-1970s George Washington Eagles teams in Danville, VA.[2]

College career

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NFL career

In his rookie year, Curry co-shared the Defensive Rookie of the Year 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

His son, Jessel Curry was a 2009 recruit to the Auburn University Tigers Football team. He also has another son named David Curry who is a Linebacker at Georgia Tech.[5] His daughter, Gaby plays libero for Kentucky.


  1. ^ "Buddy Curry helping Heads Up program with Kids & Pros". NFL Evolution. 2013-04-27. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  2. ^ "Buddy Curry".
  3. ^ "FALCONS RE-SIGN BROOKING". The Boston Globe. Associated Press. February 21, 2003. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Falcons' short drives bump Rams off the top". Chicago Sun-Times. Associated Press. October 13, 1986. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2014.(subscription required)
  5. ^ Casazza, Mike (May 18, 2009). "Mountaineer football 2010 commitment list grows". Charleston Daily Mail. Archived from the original on April 14, 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2014.(subscription required)