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Michael J. Curtis
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/14/2005
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Football, 1962-63-64
All-Atlantic Coast Conference, 1962, 1964
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Regarded as one of the greatest athletes ever to don a Blue Devil football uniform, Mike Curtis established himself as perhaps the most feared linebacker of his day during an illustrious professional career. Curtis played in the National Football League for 14 years, attaining All-Pro status in 1968 with the Baltimore Colts. He played in four Pro Bowl games. He was the No. 1 draft choice of the Colts in 1965 and played with Baltimore from 1965 to 1975. He then played with the Seattle Seahawks in 1977 and finished his career with the Washington Redskins, playing two years (1977, 78) in the nation's capital. Curtis played in two Super Bowls with Baltimore and was a member of the Colts' World Championship 1971 team. In fact, it was his pass interception with just over one minute left in the game that led the Colts to the game-winning field goal. As a Blue Devil gridder, Curtis was twice voted to the All-ACC First Team as a fullback and linebacker. He was voted the Most Valuable Player his senior year by his teammates and was honorable mention All-America in 1964. He was also named All-ACC Academic in 1963. Curtis was also a member of the Blue Devil track squad as a junior and senior.

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