Bill Curry







The Player

As a player, Bill learned the game from such legendary masters as Bobby Dodd, Vince Lombardi, and Don Shula. He snapped the ball to a who's who list of quarterbacks, including Bart Starr, Johnny Unitas, and Billy Lothridge. He was a two-time Pro Bowl center and a three-time NFL Champion, including victories in Super Bowls I and V.

The Coach

As a coach, Bill restored the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to national prominence. At the University of Alabama, where he was named Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year, Bill led the Tide to an SEC Championship and to berths in the Hall of Fame Bowl, the Sun Bowl, and the Sugar Bowl. At Kentucky, Bill led his Wildcats to their first bowl game in nearly a decade. In 2008, Bill became the first head coach at Georgia State, who played its inaugural season in 2010. Bill's honors and awards include the 2007 Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, given for his lifetime work advancing the best interests of football; the 2008 Gerald R. Ford Legends Center Award, given for his lifetime of outstanding contributions, both within and outside the game of football; and the 2012 Intellectual Property Legends Award, presented for significant contribution in the field of Intellectual Property and significant impact upon one's peers and community.

The Leader

As a leader, Bill served as President of the National Football League Players Association during one of the most tumultuous periods in NFL history. He was later the Chief Operating Officer for the National Consortium for Academics & Sports. From 2006 to 2008 Bill served as the Executive Director of the leadership initiative at The Baylor School in Tennessee. Bill's counsel is treasured throughout the country by businesses and other organizations attempting to cultivate leaders from within their ranks.

The Analyst

As an analyst and on-air personality for ESPN, Bill was the broadcast equivalent of comfort food. There was nothing better for the true football fan – no surer source for that indescribable feeling of satisfaction and contentment, and, indeed, that all was right in the world of college football – than settling into a plush easy chair on Saturday night and hearing that unmistakable voice analyzing . . . teaching . . . but never pandering.

The Author

In 1977, with dear friend and muse George Plimpton, Bill wrote his first book: "One More July – A Football Dialogue." In 2008, Bill's next book – "Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle" – was released by ESPN books and was immediately praised by author Pat Conroy as the best book ever about the NFL.

The Husband, Father, And Grandfather

As a husband, he has somehow managed – through 35 moves and more than fifty years of marriage – to hang onto to his brilliant and beautiful wife Carolyn, who was Bill's grade school sweetheart. In Bill Jr. and Kristin, Bill has two incredibly accomplished and successful children. And, in grandchildren Alex, Elliot, Evelyn, Claire, Brett, Jack and Jamie, Bill has the most promising generation yet of the Curry family.

The Man

Pete Wellborn, Bill's former player, describes Bill as follows: "Most importantly, as a human being, Bill has touched countless lives. To the thousands of athletes whom he has coached, Bill has been a mentor, advisor, father-figure, role model, philanthropist, and, in short, pretty much every other descriptive term one can think of that describes a person who improves and enriches the lives of everyone he touches.

In short, to be around Bill is to become a better person."



1962 – Present

Public Speaker & Educator

• National presenter and keynote speaker

2008 – Present

Georgia State University
Head Football Coach (2008-2012)
Interim Athletic Director (2009)
Special Assistant to the Athletic Director (2013)

• First head football coach in GSU history

Atlanta, GA

2006 – 2008

Baylor School
Executive Director – Leadership Baylor

• Oversaw school's leadership initiative, including

   curriculum planning and development of mentor

   opportunities for faculty and students

• Responsible for Leadership Colloquium program

   geared toward cultivating leadership skills

   in area businessmen and professionals

Chattanooga, TN

1997 – 2007

College Football Analyst

• Delivered live, on-air analysis and commentary to

   national audiences

• Wrote over 130 articles for on sports-

   related topics, including ethics, academics,

   Title IX, player issues, and human interest stories

Bristol, CT

1998 – 1999

National Consortium for Academics & Sports
Chief Operating Officer and Board Member

• Responsible for management of operating budget

   and allocation of program funds and resources

   among the 200 member institutions

• Stressed personal communication and one-on-one

   work to grow academic, community service,

   diversity, and other programs

Orlando, FL

1990 – 1996

University of Kentucky
Head Football Coach

• Peach Bowl (1993 Season)

• Committee Member, NCAA study regarding

   football playoff system

• Member, NCAS

• Expanded university's involvement in academic-

   related NCAS programs

Lexington, KY

1987 – 1989

University of Alabama
Head Football Coach

• SEC Co-Champions (1989)

• SEC Coach of the Year (1987 and 1989)

• Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year (1989)

• Sugar Bowl (1989 Season)

• Sun Bowl (1988 Season)

• Hall of Fame Bowl (1987 Season)

Tuscaloosa, AL

1980 – 1986


Georgia Institute of Technology
Head Football Coach

• ACC Coach of the Year (1985)

• Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (Inducted in 1992)

• All-American Bowl (1985 Season)

• Raised funds to upgrade sports facilities

• Assistant Coach (1976)

Atlanta, GA

1977 – 1979
1965 – 1966

Green Bay Packers
Assistant Coach - Offensive Line (1977-1979)
Scout (1975)
NFL Player - Offensive Center (1965-1966)

• NFL Champions (1965 Season)

• World Champions (1966 Season) (Super Bowl I)

• Coached and mentored by Vince Lombardi

• As assistant, mentored by Head Coach Bart Starr

Green Bay, WI

1972 – 1975

National Football League Players Association
President (1973-1975) and Vice President (1972)

• Elected by 1200 player-members of the NFLPA

• Represented player interests in contract

   negotiations with team owners and in grievances

   before the NLRB

Washington, DC

1970 – 1972

WAGA Television (Channel 5)

Atlanta, GA


Los Angeles Rams
NFL Player - Offensive Center

Los Angeles, CA


Houston Oilers
NFL Player - Offensive Center

Houston, TX

1967 – 1972

Baltimore Colts
NFL Player - Offensive Center

• Coached and mentored by Coach Don Shula

• NFC Champions (1968 Season)

• World Champions (1970 Season) (Super Bowl V)

• Pro Bowl Center (1971 and 1972 Seasons)

• Member, All-Time Baltimore Colt Team, Center

   (Selected in 2003)

Baltimore, MD



Emory University, Candler School of Theology

• Earned credits in graduate degree program

Atlanta, GA


Georgia Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management

• Member, ANAK Society

• Member, ODK Society

• NCAA Football (1961-1964) (Coach Bobby Dodd)

• Team Captain (1964 Season)

• Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame (1969)

• Member, Georgia Tech's All-Time Football Team

   (Selected in 1991)

Atlanta, GA