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April 27, 2009 1:09 PM

Fast facts about Aaron Curry, Seahawks' new linebacker

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Seattle got a first-hand look at Aaron Curry on Monday, a tailored suit, matching tie and a blue handkerchief peeking out of his pocket.

The question now is what fans will see next season from Curry, who was drafted higher than any linebacker since LaVar Arrington was the No. 2 pick in 2000. Is there anyone in the league that Curry reminds coach Jim Mora of?

"Not off hand," Mora said. "I think he's unique. We'll see what he becomes. Some day, they'll be comparing people to him."

OK. How about president Tim Ruskell. Does he have any reference points?

"Not one particular person," Ruskell said, "but when you think back to the Giants in their glory days, you know. The combination of those guys, [Carl] Banks and [Lawrence] Taylor. Really, what the fact Jim is alluding to when scouted Aaron, all the things that he could do.

"He wasn't just a one-dimensional linebacker and that was very important because who knows in our scheme how ultimately he's going to be played. I think that was the key to how we had him graded. This guy, you can't pigeon-hole him into one aspect or one trait. He has a lot of traits. We want to utilize all of them."

Well, that's the scouting report for his performance on the field. How about some other fast facts:

  • He's got a black labrador named Ali who gets a king's treatment, sleeping on an orthopedic bed. His birthday present this year was a puppy he named Laila. She's a mix of yellow labrador-Chesapeake Bay retriever.

  • His favorite candy is Jujubes. In fact, he's got the bar code from a box tattooed on his back. The affection started when his aunt brought him a box after a youth football game when he was 10 or 11 years old.

    "Ever since then, I believe, I've had one box every day of my life," Curry said.

    He had a box in the green room at the NFL Draft in New York City. He ate a box the day before, too. He hadn't eaten one yet on Monday in Seattle, but he said he was certain to.

  • Curry is engaged, having proposed to his fiancee Jamila on March 31. She attended Clemson and he went to Wake Forest, and they actually met via Facebook. It was three years of messages before they became a couple.

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