Bill Curry has lived a life in sports, starting from his days as a player in youth baseball in College Park, dreaming of one day taking the mound for the Yankees, to a prolific football career at Georgia Tech and then in the NFL with the Packers and Colts, among others.
He continued as a coach at Georgia Tech, followed by stints at Alabama and Kentucky. He accepted the coaching job at Georgia State in 2008 and was charged with building the program.
Curry, who turned 70 last month, will coach his last game on Saturday when the Panthers play at Maine. He announced in August that he was retiring after the season so that he could spend more time with his wife, Carolyn, their children and grandchildren.
He has thousands of memories, but he said there are six that stand out. I’m going to share one a day with you, today through Saturday.
Esteemed Colleague Steve Hummer is also working on a couple of stories about Curry that will run later this week. I’ll share the links when they appear. They promise to be special.
Anyway, here’s the fifth special memory Curry shared, in his words:
Super Bowl V was a very big deal.
Super Bowl III was the ultimate nightmare. It still is.
Every year when its Super Bowl time I can’t watch TV because I know it’s coming on real soon: one of the greatest upsets of all time.
So we were bound and determined to get back and play a great game.
We got back and did not play a great game. We played a terrible game on offense but won the game.
A lot of football is about redemption, trying to get even for some previous sins.
Super Bowl V, even though we had to rely on our defense – the defense won it hands down – because Billy Ray Smith said it best: “If we get to the Super Bowl we are going to win because the other team will be laughing so hard when we run out onto the field.”
Every game was a struggle.
We got murdered by Kansas City on Monday Night Football, 49 to something.
But we sucked it up, got back together and went on and got confidence and won the Super Bowl.
The All-American Bowl and the power of leadership
– Doug Roberson, AJC and AJC.com. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu