Oakland Raiders linebacker Aaron Curry is a massive, hard-hitting force on the field, with a big heart and deep-rooted family pride. He was born April 6, 1986 in Fayetteville, NC, and raised with his two older brothers by his mother, Chris Curry. A self-proclaimed “mama’s boy,” Aaron is a resilient and family-oriented young man. He grew up following in his mom’s footsteps – always finishing what he started and striving to achieve the best for him and his family. Growing up Aaron attended E. E. Smith High School in Fayetteville where he played linebacker and tight end. Football runs in his blood – his father is former Detroit Lions and Baltimore Colts defensive back, Reggie Pinkney, his older brother Chris played football at North Carolina, and his half-brother Patrick Pinkney played at East Carolina. Weighing less than 200 pounds coming out of high school, Aaron was under debate by recruiters due to his size and chose to play college football at Wake Forest University for their academics over East Carolina – the only two top-tier colleges to offer him a scholarship. To the schools who didn’t reach out to him, this was the beginning of the punishment they would receive on the field.
Aaron started as a redshirt freshman and never left the lineup. In 2006, the summer before Aaron’s sophomore year, his family-life was turned upside down when his mom was evicted. To his mom’s wishes, Aaron returned to Wake Forest to continue his studies and improve on the field, pursuing his dream of having a pro football career and ultimately helping his family out financially. As a junior, he intercepted four passes and returned three of them for touchdowns, tying a single-season FBS record for most interception return touchdowns by a linebacker. Having grown into substantial size and strength, Aaron became the 2008 Butkus Award winner and made 105 tackles, including 16 for losses, in his senior season, helping the Demon Deacons to an 8-5 record and a bowl victory. Aaron’s outstanding awards and honors include:
Believed to be the best linebacker available in the 2009 NFL Draft, Aaron was even in debate for the number one pick overall. Aaron was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks as the fourth overall pick, and as the highest drafted linebacker in Seahawk history. On August 8, 2009 he signed a six-year, $60 million contract including $34 million guaranteed – the most money ever guaranteed to a non-quarterback rookie in NFL history. Aaron has become a strong side linebacker for the Seahawks and valuable teammate.
During the summer of 2010 Aaron was reconnected with his long lost brother, Eric Barton, who was put up for adoption when Aaron’s mother was 20. The two share the same mother and father. Eric is also a linebacker in the NFL and plays for the Cleveland Browns. Aaron is married to his wife, Jamila, and resides in Washington with their two sons.