Allen Kim

Former No. 4 Pick Aaron Curry Retires From NFL

Created on Aug. 28, 2013 2:41 PM EST

Aaron Curry, former No. 4 overall pick from the 2009 NFL Draft, has retired from the NFL after four seasons. He announced the news through his Twitter account.

After a lot of prayer. Consulting with God. The best thing for my family and myself is to retire from the @nfl. I enjoyed it #DeliveredDefender


Curry was signed by the New York Giants in the offseason to a one-year deal. There was hope that he would be able to reinvent his career with a change of scenery, but he’ll never be able to realize that dream now that he’s hanging his cleats up.

Curry was having trouble carving out a role in the Giants’ rotation at linebacker. If he couldn’t find playing time on the Giants’ linebacker-starved defense, his chances of landing a more substantial role elsewhere probably wasn’t all that great.

With his retirement, Curry can safely be labeled as one of the biggest NFL draft busts of the last decade (and maybe of all time). The hype surrounding Curry coming out of Wake Forest had talks of him going as high as No. 1 overall, but he hasn’t come even remotely close to fulfilling that potential. He is proof that the can’t-miss prospect label doesn’t always ring true.

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