Aaron Curry, the 2009 No. 4 overall draft pick has consulted with God and is retiring from the NFL after only four seasons.
Curry was recently cut from the New York Giants and announced his retirement via Twitter on Wednesday.
“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 wrote.
Coming out of Wake Forest, Curry was widely considered to be the “safest” pick in the draft. Because of his intelligence and athleticism, he was the kind of player that could be placed in any position on the field. Former Houston Texans general manager Charley Casserly called Curry the “best linebacker prospect” he had seen in 10 years. The Detroit Lions reportedly considered taking Curry at No. 1 overall.
But some questioned Curry’s desire to be great, as none of that potential was manifested on the field. Upon entering the NFL, Curry signed a six-year $60 million contract with $34 million guaranteed.
Considering that price tag, Curry turned out to be one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory.