We all had a chance to talk to new Seattle Seahawk Aaron Curry by telephone this afternoon. And Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell also addressed reporters, which I will putin another blog post here in a few minutes.
As expected, Curry was a good interview. And he had a few interesting things to say. Mainly that he never made the scheduled trip to Seattle for a planned visit with the team. Ruskell said during the press conference that the team called off the visit and told Curry they were good.
Further, Curry said the first time he talked to head coach Jim Mora was on the phone when Seattle let him know they planned to select them.
So it seems Seattle played down its interest in Curry so as not to let on to the rest of the league that they wanted him, which Ruskell confirmed during his press conference.
Said Curry about receiving the phone call:
"I was excited just for the phone to ring. And on the phone with Coach Mora he was saying he wants me to bring the same relentless attitude to the football field, and my same work ethic. And my same, high-character personality to the team."
Curry said toward the beginning or the middle of the 10-minute waiting time he knew Seattle was going to take him.
Curry confirmed that he did have a private workout with linebackers coach Zerick Rollins at Wake Forest, and the Seattle talked with him at the combine.
So was he surprised by the pick? "I was a little surprised being I didn't get to take a visit out there," Curry said. "But I knew that they were interested because I worked out with them. But I wasn't too much surprised being the fact that they just let go of Mr. Peterson."
Curry again reiterated that football is an important part of his life, which is one of the reasons Seattle was interested in him.
"Football is big in my heart," Curry said. "I love the game of football, and I'm very passionate when I play. I'm very passionate when I practice. I'm very passionate about the game when I'm just lifting weights. It's a privelage to be able to play the game of football."
Curry said when he thought about coming out his junior year he was rated as a third-round pick, and that wasn't where he wanted to be, so he went back to college.
"It was a close call, because of the financial situation," he said. "I sat down with my mom, and she promised me hat she was going to be all right. She wanted to see me go through my senior season, not only to play football, but she wanted me to get my degree. That is a big thing in our family, to receive our degrees. It was one of the better decisions I have made in my life, to return to school"
About 200 pounds soaking wet when he enrolled at Wake Forest, Curry only had two offers, Wake Forest and East Carolina.
"I was about 200 pounds soaking wet after breakfast and lunched" joked Curry.
Curry, now at 254 pounds said he had a simple strategy in putting on the weight.
"Countless hours in the weight room, and countless hours in the cafeteria just eating everything I could my hands on. I was always working out and eating, that's what I did. And I did a lot of running hills, running bleachers, pushing sleds."
On how he fits the defensive system in Seattle: "I feel like it's a perfect fit, being that Lofa and Leroy are both great at their position at the Mike (middle linebacker) and the Will (weak side backer). And for me, to come in and compete to be the Sam (strong side backer), and to learn a lot from the veterans and to really try to catch up mentally as the game goes along. I'm really looking forward to being like a little brother to Lofa and Leroy."
Curry said he plans on providing his mother a room in his new house, or an apartment near by.
"When I first started this process, she said 'If you end up in Seattle, there'd better be a room for me in your house. If there's not a room in your house, there'd better be an apartment within walking distance.'
"Growing up I've always been a mama's boy. And she always wants to be able to put her hands on me whenever she can."