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Q&A w/ Seahawks First-Round Pick Aaron Curry

Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry told Sporting News’s Bill Eichenberger and other reporters that he had an inkling the Seattle Seahawks might be interested in drafting him with the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft. Because the Seahawks traded Julian Peterson to the Detroit Lions, Curry thought they could use a linebacker with his ability. But he was never sure until his name was called.

Q: You cried in the green room after your name was called. What was that all about?
A: I’ve been through a lot growing up. The first thing I thought was, “Thank you, Mom, for putting up with me and my other brothers and just really supporting me all my life to be able to reach this point.”

Q: How long of a journey was it for you—from that year when you were homeless to now being a first-round pick?
A: When I look back on that situation, at the time it may have seemed like the worst part of my life, but I realize now it made me a stronger person. It made my family stronger than ever, and it really taught me to always strive to be the best and put my family in a situation where they would never have to worry about anything else.

Q: When the Chiefs passed on you at the No. 3 spot, did you start to wonder where you would be picked?
A: My mindset always was that the draft was unpredictable. I never listened to what the experts were saying because I knew the general managers and team owners were going to make the decisions, and I had faith in what I had done on film.

Q: Were you surprised, though, that the Seahawks picked you at No. 4?
A: I wasn’t too surprised given the fact they had just given up Julian Peterson. He was a key player in their defense, so why not replace him with another young talent?

Q: Was there any communication after your pro day that maybe the Seahawks were interested in you?
A: What was interesting was that I worked out for their linebacker coach, and I had a visit scheduled. But they called back and said there was no need for me to come out to Seattle. But they also told me not to take it in a bad way, that they felt they knew what they were getting out of me as a linebacker and as a person. But up until draft day, I had no clue where I was going to land.

Q: What are you going to miss about Wake Forest?
A: My teammates. Coach (Jim) Grobe. The other coaches. I’m going to miss everything about that (football) building where I used to go and just relax. That’s where I had the most fun there.

Q: What is your approach going to be in Seattle?
A: I’m going to approach every workout like it’s my last one, like I’ve always done.

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