Vinny Curry (born June 30, 1988) is an American football defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for Marshall, he was drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Curry wears number 75 out of respect for the 75 people lost in the crash of Southern Airways Flight 932, a Marshall football charter flight in 1970. [8]

College career

Curry had his breakout season in 2010, as a junior where he had a career high 12 sacks. [2] As a senior in 2011, Curry had 74 tackles, 11 sacks, and 6 forced fumbles. [3] The 11 sacks were the sixth most in the nation and the 6 forced fumbles were second. [4] Curry became the first Marshall player to win C-USA Defensive Player of the Year since Albert McClellan in 2006.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
266 lb
(121 kg)
32.6 in
(0.83 m)
9.2 in
(0.23 m)
4.98 s 4.40 s 6.90 s 32 in
(0.81 m)
9 ft 2 in
(2.79 m)
28 reps
All values from NFL Combine [5]

Curry was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round (59th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He is the highest selected player from Marshall since Darius Watts in 2004. Curry signed a four-year contract with the team on May 9, 2012. His first year was uneventful, he played 6 games, started zero, and finished with 9 combined tackles. He was given an increased role in his second year, finishing with 17 tackles, 5 assists, 4 sacks, and 2 pass deflections. Curry had a breakout season in 2014, where he played all 16 games. Although he did not start a game, and he only recorded 17 tackles and 2 assists, he recorded 9 sacks, second on the team only to Connor Barwin and led the team in forced fumbles, with 4. In a disappointing 2015 season, Curry was moved to outside linebacker and struggled to find a groove, totaling 12 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 16 games and no starts.

Although there was speculation that Curry could leave the Eagles in free agency, the arrival of new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and the transition back into a 4-3 defense cemented his return to Philadelphia. On February 2, 2016, Curry signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract extension with the Eagles with $23 million guaranteed. [9]