By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Dominique Curry was a high school football star at George Washington High School and then a standout at Cheyney University for three years and California (PA) for one.
Now he’s looking to continue his NFL career as a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions.
Curry’s time in the pros actually began in St. Louis where he spent two seasons. He played in all 16 games in 2011 for the Rams, but signed this offseason with the Lions.
“They were the right choice because they have a nice wide receiver corps,” Curry tells KYW Newsradio. “Veteran guys in Nate Burleson and Calvin Johnson. They bring the younger guys along and help them with the ropes of route running and plays and they are real welcoming in this locker room.”
Listen to Matt Leon’s interview with Dominique Curry:
These early days in camp, he says, are being spent learning a new scheme with the Lions.
“I’m trying to learn the spread offense, get everything down. Get the routes together, get the concepts down pat – like the back of my hand. Like I said, Nate and CJ are bringing me along real well.”
While Curry is working in at wide receiver, thus far in his career, his time on the field has been spent mostly playing special teams – where he has proven to be a standout. He says it’s no secret what the key to success in that role is.
“You just have to give it your all on every play because sometimes that’s the only time you’re on the field. So you have to go 100% every single play. It’s not just the physical, you have to be strong minded because teams run schemes against you to make you frustrated or to block you so you have to be able to counter other teams schemes and things of that nature.”
Dom Curry comes from quite the sports family. His father, Dominique Stephens, is the head men’s basketball coach at Cheyney University and he won a Division II National Championship as a player at North Carolina Central. His aunt is Marilyn Stephens, who is the women’s basketball coach at Cheyney and was perhaps the greatest women’s basketball player in Temple history.
Curry and the Lions open their 2012 preseason August 10th against the Cleveland Browns.
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