Seahawks LB Aaron Curry (Getty)
When he became available and was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the fourth overall selection in April's NFL Draft, LB Aaron Curry instantly became a celebrity in the Pacific Northwest. Even with his newfound popularity, the humble young man who hails from Fayettville, North Carolina says he's just a regular guy.
"I wouldn’t consider myself a superstar," Curry told Sportsradio 950 KJR's Mitch Levy Tuesday morning. "I’m a regular guy, playing ball."
The only way Curry could be considered a regular guy is if you assume that "regular guys" weight 255 pounds and still run 4.5 forty times while racking up 332 tackles in four years and winning the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker.
Seattle saw in Curry a player they could add to an already formidable linebacker corps and use much in the same way they used Julian Peterson the past three seasons, however first he has to figure out the new Seattle defensive scheme.
"I’ve been having a lot of fun playing multiple positions and just going out every day and finding a way to get better," Curry said about playing both linebacker and some defensive end as well. "It’s very similar to what we played at Wake Forest. The terminology is a lot different, but for the most part it’s all the same.
"Our defense will have many dimensions as far as attacking. We can sit back and play the pass, we’re going to be aggressive and relentless so I should get a few shots on the quarterback."
Helping Curry make the transition to the pro game will be two of the NFL's best linebackers in Lofa Tatupu and Leroy Hill.
"Leroy is a freaky, athletic linebacker and Lofa is very intelligent and also athletic," Curry said. "Just to play next to both of them just makes my job so much easier because if I don’t know what I’m doing Lofa can tell me what I’m doing and Leroy can show me how to do it.
"We both (Curry and Hill) have something special within our athletic ability that the other one doesn’t have. I don’t know quite what that is yet, but we both like to use our athleticism to make plays."
While Tatupu and Hill will be his regular tutors, Curry isn't limiting himself to just the linebacker training he needs to go through. He's also been watching the defensive backs as well.
"Every time I watch Deon Grant, Brian Russell, Ken Lucas and Marcus Trufant, I watch those guys cover people and every time I see them do something I steal something from it whether it’s how quick they flip their hips, how they plant their feet or how they do such a good job of locating the ball when it’s in the air," Curry acknowledged. "Everybody that’s out there I’m stealing parts of everybody’s game and putting it into a big mixing pot.
"Since I’ve been here I’ve been very amazed about the abilities of the defensive backs and their abilities to cover these receivers. Whenever I watch the one-on-ones or if I watch game film from last year I’m blown away with their abilities to cover receivers.
"In the NFL there are these freaky athletes and for the defensive backs to be able to cover (receivers), it’s just amazing the way the can flip their hips, play with clean footwork, locate the ball, intercept the ball and make big plays. I just find it amazing because it’s something you don’t see every day at the college level."
Curry has already purchased a house for his mother and mentioned he had also bought himself a new vehicle -- a Midnight Blue Cadillac Escalade with manufacturer rims -- and that he isn't too concerned with his contract status at this point, choosing to let his agent and the Seahawks work things out.
No matter what though, in his mind, he's a regular guy and that's how he plans the keep it.