Aaron Curry is gone, but obviously not forgotten.
The Seahawks’ linebacker will have his No. 3 jersey retired at E.E. Smith High School during a ceremony in Fayetteville, N.C., on Friday.
“I am honored to have my jersey retired,” Curry said. “It serves as proof that hard work pays off. More importantly, this give me an opportunity to get the community involved in helping E.E. Smith find success both academically and athletically.”
Curry, the Seahawks’ first-round draft choice last year, played linebacker and tight end at E.E. Smith from 2000-04. As a senior, he was selected conference defensive player of the year after registering 123 tackles and also earned all-conference and all-region honors. He played in the North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl as a tight end.
“Having his jersey retired speaks volumes of Aaron’s contributions to the school and we are extremely proud of him,” said Milton Butts, Curry’s high school coach. “He was a great athlete, not only because of his athletic ability, but because his enthusiasm radiated throughout the whole team. He’s one of those kinds who made the whole team and those around him better. He did the same thing at Wake Forest and he will do the same thing in Seattle.”
Curry went to Wake Forest after leaving E.E. Smith and was voted the Butkus Award as the nation’s top collegiate linebacker after his senior season. The Seahawks then made him the fourth pick overall in the draft and Curry finished fourth on the team with 60 tackles as a rookie, despite missing the final two games with a neck injury.