Aaron Curry is a linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks, who selected him with the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Curry played college football at Wake Forest, where he was the winner of the 2008 Butkus Award as the best linebacker in the nation. Curry is 6-feet, 3-inches tall and weighs 247 pounds.
Prep Career
At E.E. Smith High School in Fayetteville, NC, Curry was an all-conference linebacker and tight end. As a senior in 2003, Curry earned conference defensive player of the year honors after recording 123 tackles, and was selected to the Carolinas Shrine Bowl roster as a tight end. Curry was recruited by most ACC schools, before signing a letter of intent with Wake Forest.
Freshman Year
After redshirting the 2004 season, Curry became a regular starter for Wake Forest as a freshman. In his 11 games (10 starts), he totaled 45 tackles, and finished 3rd on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss.
Sophomore Year
In 2006, Curry started all 14 games, helping Wake Forest to an ACC Championship and a berth in the Orange Bowl. The Demon Deacons defense allowed just 215 points, its lowest total since 1980. Curry was second on the team with 83 tackles, and added 8.5 tackles for loss and an interception (which came in the ACC Championship Game win over Georgia Tech).
Junior Year
Curry built on the momentum from his first career interception, picking off four passes in 2007. He returned three of them for touchdowns, tying a single-season FBS record for most interception return touchdowns by a linebacker. His 99 tackles set a career high and were good for second on the team. Curry also had a team-high 13.5 tackles for loss, earning second-team All-ACC honors. Wake Forest finished the season 9-4. It was the first time since 2001 and 2002 that Wake Forest had back-to-back winning seasons and the first time in school history that the Demon Deacons won nine games in back-to-back seasons.
Senior Year
As a senior, Curry finished the season with a team-leading 105 tackles and 16 tackles for loss. A 2008 first team All-ACC honoree, Curry contributed three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and an interception, helping Wake Forest to 37 takeaways in 2008, which led the nation. Curry also led Wake Forest to its school-record third consecutive bowl game. Curry beat out Rey Maualuga of USC and James Laurinaitis of Ohio State to win the Butkus Award, becoming just the 2nd Wake Forest player to ever win a major national college football award. He's the fifth ACC linebacker to win the Butkus Award, and the first since E.J. Henderson of Maryland in 2002. After the 2008 season, Curry was invited to participate in the 2009 Senior Bowl, but chose not to participate.
NFL Career
Curry was selected in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. After holding out for the first week of training camp, Curry signed a five-year/$60M contract that included $34M in guaranteed money.

Curry immediately moved into the Seahawks starting lineup. He started the first nine games of the 2009 season, before coming off the bench in Week 11. He finished his rookie season with 61 total tackles, 2 forced fumbles and 2.0 sacks in 14 games.
Curry is the son of Chris Curry and former NFL defensive back Reggie Pinkney. His older brother Chris played football and North Carolina. His half-brother Patrick Pinkney is the starting quarterback at East Carolina.