LB Aaron Curry's career has been all about trying to live up to the expectations heaped upon him as a fourth-overall draft choice. This time around, with the Giants, those expectations have been tempered and Curry is being given a fair shot at fulfilling the promise simply by doing it his way.
"I’m relaxed. I’m just going to go out there and have fun," Curry said yesterday. "My only concern is just to have fun and do all of the right things and do what they ask me to do. But if I’m not having fun, I’m kind of wasting time."
Not only has Curry shed the pressure of expectations, he's shed some weight as well for his new lease on life in Blue.
"Right now I’m 15 pounds down and I’m going to find out today what the true difference is. You really don’t know until you start moving around. I’m just looking forward to this opportunity to be a New York Giant, to practice by their standard, to play by their standard and just have fun."
Curry is aware his career has not gone as planned. In 2009, the Seahwawks signed him to a six-year, $60 million contract ($34 million guaranteed), which at the time was the most money ever guaranteed to a non-quarterback rookie in league history. It was hard for him to justify his salary early on.
Seattle traded Curry to the Raiders midway through the 2011 season, where he battled injuries and indifference. He was released last November. Curry is healthy now and ready to jumpstart his career. He told reporters yesterday his natural position was SAM linebacker was would line up anywhere "Coach Perry" asks him to.
"I really don’t know what the plan is. I just know that I’m being asked to do whatever is coached to me," he said.
It is a fresh start for the former Wake Forest star, one of a few reclamation projects in camp this summer. Curry has a new perspective this time around. He's approaching his latest chance at the NFL with a clear conscience.
"I’ve had some ups and I’ve had some downs, but when I’m having fun, to me, nothing matters. It’s just about enjoying what I’m doing. If you’re not enjoying, I don’t see how you can still do it. So for me, it’s all about enjoying it."
Can he be a productive playmaker for the Giants?
"No doubt in my mind. That’s what we’re out here for; to run around, hit the ballcarrier, get the ball out, celebrate and have fun."