Buddy Curry is an 8-year NFL linebacker who is entering his 19th year as Executive Director of a youth character development non-profit, Kids & Pros Inc. Since 2002, he has led a team of high character retired NFL players to create “champions for life” in more than 63,000 young people, conducting 325+ events in 13 states plus Canada by teaching football fundamentals and life lessons based on 5 core principles – Sportsmanship, Integrity, Excellence, Perseverance, and Teamwork.

In his role, Buddy fulfills his passion of motivating and inculcating the attributes that high performing athletes possess to help strengthen individuals, families, and communities. 


In 1980, Buddy joined the Atlanta Falcons as a 2nd round draft choice and was selected NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He was the team leader in tackles (7 years), selected team captain, and 2-time alternate Pro Bowl representative.

Buddy is a graduate of University of North Carolina with a BA in Business Administration. He was a 4-year Letter Winner, All Conference performer, and Team Captain.

Buddy has been married to his wife Dawn for 29 years and has 4 children, Justin, Jessel, David, and Gabrielle.