Dan Currie

Daniel George Currie (June 27, 1935 – September 11, 2017) was an American football player, a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons, with the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams.[1]

Dan Currie
No. 58
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born:June 27, 1935
Detroit, Michigan
Died:September 11, 2017 (aged 82)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Detroit (MI) St. Anthony
College:Michigan State
NFL Draft:1958 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions:11
INT yards:193
Fumble recoveries:7
Games played:118
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Currie played college football at Michigan State in East Lansing and was an All-American linebacker and center for the Spartans as a senior in 1957.[2][3][4]

Playing career

Currie was the third overall selection of the 1958 NFL draft, the first pick of the Packers.[5][6] In that draft, the Packers also selected Jim Taylor of LSU (2nd round, 15th overall), Ray Nitschke of Illinois (3rd round, 36th), and Jerry Kramer of Idaho (4th round, 39th).[5][7] all future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In his rookie season in 1958 under first-year head coach Ray "Scooter" McLean, the Packers were a league worst 1–10–1; McLean was fired in December and Vince Lombardi was hired as head coach in January 1959. Green Bay went 7–5 that season and then were in three consecutive NFL title games; they lost to Philadelphia in 1960 and won in 1961 and 1962, both over the New York Giants. Currie was an All-Pro in 1962, one of ten Packers on the 22-man Associated Press team,[8] and was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in December 1961.[9]

After seven seasons in Green Bay, Currie was traded to the Rams in April 1965 for receiver Carroll Dale.[10][11][12] He played two years for Los Angeles, then missed the final cut in September 1967 season at age 32.[13]

After football

Currie was later a defensive coach at Milton College in Wisconsin,[14] which closed in 1982. He moved to Las Vegas in the early 1980s and worked in casino security;[1][15] he died at age 82 at Mountain View Hospital in 2017.[16][17]

References

  1. ^ a b Reischel, Rob (December 18, 2003). "One a star, Dan Currie's still a fan". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  2. ^ "Eight All-Americans on North roster for Senior Bowl". Tuscaloosa News. Alabama. Associated Press. December 13, 1957. p. 8.
  3. ^ Lea, Bud (March 27, 1960). "Pro gridders are made, not born". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 3, sports.
  4. ^ Couch, Graham (July 7, 2015). "MSU's top 50 football players: No. 32 Dan Currie". Lansing State Journal. Michigan. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Johnson, Chuck (December 3, 1957). "Why Currie? He is tops, Packer say". Milwaukee Journal. p. 19.
  6. ^ Lea, Bud (December 3, 1957). "Liz drafts Currie top Big 10 center". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 4, part 2.
  7. ^ Wolf, Bob (May 3, 1979). "Packers' 1958 draft may have been greatest ever". Milwaukee Journal. p. 3, part 3.
  8. ^ "Green Bay places 10 on All-Pro, 4 Giants picked". Florence Times. Alabama. Associated Press. December 12, 1962. p. 3, section 4.
  9. ^ Maule, Tex (December 18, 1961). "Green Bay: a corner on defense". Sports Illustrated. p. 28.
  10. ^ Lea, Bud (April 14, 1965). "Vince trades Currie for Rams' end Dale". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2.
  11. ^ "Green Bay, L.A. swap gridders". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. UPI. April 14, 1965. p. B-5.
  12. ^ "Green Bay trades Currie for Dale". Spartanburg Herald. South Carolina. Associated Press. April 14, 1965. p. 20.
  13. ^ "Currie, Fortunato cut as pros trim rosters". Milwaukee Journal. wire services. September 7, 1967. p. 11, part 2.
  14. ^ "Currie to coach at Milton". Milwaukee Sentinel. wire services. March 22, 1973. p. 1, part 2.
  15. ^ "What happened to...Dan Currie?". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. November 26, 2003. p. 2C.
  16. ^ Kantowski, Ron (September 13, 2017). "Remembering Dan Currie, the most Dapper of Lombardi's Packers". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  17. ^ "Former Packers linebacker Dan Currie dies at 82". Retrieved September 14, 2017.

External links

1957 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 1957 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations to the All-Big Ten Conference teams for the 1957 Big Ten Conference football season.

1957 Big Ten Conference football season

The 1957 Big Ten Conference football season was the 62nd season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference (also known as the Western Conference) and was a part of the 1957 NCAA University Division football season.

The 1957 Ohio State Buckeyes football team, under head coach Woody Hayes, won the conference championship with a 7-0 conference record (9–1 record overall), was ranked No. 1 in the final Coaches' Poll, and defeated Oregon in the 1958 Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes were ranked No.2 in the final AP Poll, but were also declared national champion by the FWAA poll. Ohio State back Don Clark led the conference with 737 rushing yards. Guard Aurealius Thomas was a first-team All-American.

The 1957 Michigan State Spartans football team, under head coach Duffy Daugherty, compiled an 8–1 record and was ranked No. 3 in the final AP and UPI polls. Michigan State back Walt Kowalczyk and center Dan Currie were selected as consensus first-team All-Americans. Kowalczyk led the conference with 54 points scored, and Currie was selected as the team's most valuable player.

The 1957 Iowa Hawkeyes football team, under head coach Forest Evashevski, finished third in the Big Ten with a 7–1–1 record and was ranked No. 8 in the final AP Poll. Iowa tackle Alex Karras was a consensus first-team All-American and won the Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman in college football. Quarterback Randy Duncan led the Big Ten with 1,124 passing yards and 1,183 total yards.

Michigan halfback Jim Pace won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the conference's most valuable player.

1957 College Football All-America Team

The 1957 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1957. The seven selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1957 season are (1) the Associated Press, (2) the United Press, (3) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (4) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (5) the International News Service (INS), (6) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and (7) the Sporting News. The ESPN College Football Encyclopedia lists the All-America Board (AAB) as an eighth official selector.

1957 Michigan State Spartans football team

The 1957 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1957 Big Ten Conference football season. In their fourth season under head coach Duffy Daugherty, the Spartans compiled an 8–1 overall record (5–1 against Big Ten opponents), finished in second place in the Big Ten Conference, and were ranked #3 in both the final AP Poll and the final Coaches Poll. Michigan State was named national champion by Dunkel System, an NCAA-designated major selector.Six Spartans were selected as first-team players on the 1957 All-Big Ten Conference football team: quarterback Jim Ninowski (AP-1, UP-1); fullback Walt Kowalczyk (AP-1, UP-1); center Dan Currie (AP-1, UP-1); tackle Pat Burke (AP-1, UP-1); end Sam Williams (UP-1); and guard Ellison Kelly (UP-1).The 1957 Spartans won all three of their annual rivalry games. In the annual Indiana–Michigan State football rivalry game, the Spartans defeated the Hoosiers by a 54 to 0 score. In the Notre Dame rivalry game, the Spartans defeated the Fighting Irish by a 34 to 6 score. And, in the annual Michigan–Michigan State football rivalry game, the Spartans defeated the Wolverines by a 35 to 6 score.In non-conference play, the Spartans also defeated California, 19-0, and Kansas State, 27-9.

1957–58 Scottish Cup

The 1957–58 Scottish Cup was the 73rd staging of Scotland's most prestigious football knockout competition. The Cup was won by Clyde who defeated Hibernian in the final.

1958 Green Bay Packers season

The 1958 Green Bay Packers season was their 40th season overall and their 38th season in the National Football League. The club posted a 1–10–1 record under first-year head coach Ray McLean for a last-place finish in the league in 1958 and the worst record ever posted by a Packers team.

In the immortal words of New York sportswriter and Green Bay native Red Smith: "they overwhelmed one opponent, under-whelmed ten, and whelmed one." The tie came in week two and the three-point win in week five; during the seven-game losing streak to end the season the Packers lost by an average margin of over 22 points and got no closer than ten. The Packers finished 1958 allowing a league-worst 382 points in the 12-game season (31.8 points per game).

McLean was the top assistant on the coaching staff in 1957 and was given a one-year contract as head coach after Lisle Blackbourn was fired in early January 1958 with a year remaining ($25,000) on a five-year contract. Following the final game of the 1958 season, McLean resigned on December 17, which paved the way for the historic hiring of Vince Lombardi in January 1959.The underachieving 1958 team was loaded with talent, with future hall of famers Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor, Ray Nitschke, Jim Ringo, Forrest Gregg, and Jerry Kramer, as well as future All-Pros Ron Kramer, Max McGee, Bill Forester, and Dan Currie.

1962 All-Pro Team

The following is a list of players that were named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team in 1962. Players from the first and second teams are listed, with players from the first team in bold, where applicable.

1962 Green Bay Packers season

The 1962 Green Bay Packers season was their 44th season overall and their 42nd season in the National Football League. The club posted a 13–1 record under coach Vince Lombardi, earning them a first-place finish in the Western Conference. The Packers ended the season by defeating the New York Giants 16–7 in the NFL Championship Game, the Packers second consecutive defeat of the Giants in the championship game. This marked the Packers' eighth NFL World Championship.

In 2007, ESPN.com ranked the 1962 Packers as the fifth-greatest defense in NFL history, noting, "The great 1962 Packers had a rock-solid defense front to back, with five Hall of Famers: defensive linemen Willie Davis and Henry Jordan, linebacker Ray Nitschke, cornerback Herb Adderley, and safety Willie Wood. (They also had 1962 All-Pro linebackers Dan Currie and Bill Forester.) Green Bay gave up just 10.8 points per game, shutting out opponents three times. The Packers held opposing QBs to a 43.5 rating, due, in part, to Wood's league-leading nine interceptions. The Packers' defense allowed the Giants 291 yards in the NFL championship game, but held the Giants offense scoreless as the Packers won, 16–7 (New York scored on a blocked punt)."

The Packers' +267 point differential (points scored vs. points against) in 1962 is the best total of any NFL team in the 1960s. Cold Hard Football Facts says that the 1962 Packers "may have been the best rushing team in the history of football. And that team etched in historic stone the image of Lombardi's three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust Packers that is still so powerful today."

1963 All-Pro Team

The following is a list of players that were named to the Associated Press National Football League's All-Pro Team in 1963.

Players from the first and second teams are listed, with players from the first team in bold, where applicable.

Bob Monnett

Robert C. Monnett (February 27, 1910 – August 2, 1978) was a professional American football player who played halfback for six seasons for the Green Bay Packers. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1973.

Cape Breton Oilers

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Carroll Dale

Carroll Wayne Dale (born April 24, 1938) is a former American football wide receiver. He was an All-American at Virginia Tech and was a member of the Green Bay Packers teams that won three straight NFL championships, including the first two Super Bowls. He was originally from Wise, Virginia.

Charley Brock

Charles Jacob "Charley" Brock (March 15, 1916 – May 25, 1987) was an American football center and linebacker.

Dan Currie (disambiguation)

Dan Currie (1935–2017) was an American football player (Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams).

Other people known as Dan or Daniel Currie include:

Dan Currie (ice hockey) (born 1968), Canadian ice hockey player (Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings)

Dan Currie (footballer) (fl. 1953–1963), Scottish football player (Clyde, Queen of the South, Scotland under-23)

Daniel Currie (born 1989), Australian rules football player (North Melbourne)

Daniel A. Currie (1842–1911), mayor of Englewood, New Jersey

Dan Currie (ice hockey)

Dan Currie (born March 15, 1968) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey left winger.

Gerry Ellis

Gerry Ellis (born November 12, 1957

in Columbia, Missouri) is a former professional American football player who played running back for seven seasons for the Green Bay Packers.

List of Green Bay Packers players

The following is a list of notable past or present players of the Green Bay Packers professional American football team.

Ray Nitschke

Raymond Ernest Nitschke (December 29, 1936 – March 8, 1998) was a professional American football middle linebacker who spent his entire 15-year National Football League (NFL) career with the Green Bay Packers. Enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978, he was the anchor of the defense for head coach Vince Lombardi in the 1960s, leading the Packers to five NFL championships and victories in the first two Super Bowls.

Willie Marshall Award

The Willie Marshall Award is given to the American Hockey League's leading goal scorer for the regular season. The award was established in the 2003–04 season to honour Willie Marshall, the AHL's all-time leader in goals, assists, points and games played. Marshall is also the AHL's all-time leader in post-season scoring.

Dan Currie—championships, awards, and honors

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