The fourth overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, Aaron Curry has already played and been released by two teams.
With the Giants, he has a chance to not only shed the "bust" label but revive his career -- perhaps a last-ditch effort to do so.
In a candid interview with the media during Wednesday's off-season team activities, Curry addressed the hurdles he's faced early on in his career, explaining when it came to his professional football career he simply wasn't motivated.
“I knew I could do it,” Curry said. “I knew I would do it. At the time, I wasn’t motivated to do it. Football wasn’t my top priority, to be honest.”A first-round pick -- especially the No. 4 overall -- is expected to have an immediate impact. So it's no wonder Seattle started Curry at strongside linebacker Week 1 the fall following the draft.
“I think earlier in my career I was real selfish and self-centered ... I was more about me than the Seahawks.”
Curry admitted to the media he didn't consistently go at full speed if he didn't like the defensive play-call if didn't play up to his strengths.
After 5.5 sacks in 28 games in Seattle, the team traded him to Oakland, where he failed to record a sack. He finished his stint with the Raiders with 33 tackles in 13 games and began the 2012 season on the physically unable to perform list due to a right knee injury.
In November, the Raiders parted ways with Curry.
Curry attributed his struggles with the Black and Silver to that right knee injury, which warranted surgery the December following his release.
Following the Giants' divorce with Michael Boley, Curry convinced the team to allow him the opportunity to tryout, arguing he could help fill the void left by all of the departures.
Curry was right.
After eight to 10 teams displayed interest in the former No. 4 pick, the Giants inked him to a deal. Now in the midst of what's likely his last chance to salvage his career, Curry said motivation is no longer an issue.
“I feel like the time is now,” he said.Follow Sam on Twitter @SamSpiegs