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Linebacker Aaron Curry announces retirement

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The worst summer for former first-round picks from the 2009 NFL draft continues.

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Don Banks with Sports Illustrated wrote a story about the horrible summer regarding the first-round picks during the 2009 NFL draft. From Mark Sanchez's battle with rookie Geno Smith (and now shoulder injury), Jason Smith being released several times and returning to the Jets, Michael Crabtree suffering a major injury a significant injury, and Aaron Maybin filling out a third team for unemployment after the Bengals released him.

And then there's Aaron Curry -- a former fourth overall pick that was on his third team until the New York Giants released him last week. Instead of fighting through the disappointment, Curry announced on Wednesday that he's finally retiring.

After a lot of prayer. Consulting with God. The best thing for my family and myself is to retire from the @nfl. I enjoyed it #DeliveredDefender

The Bengals had shown interest in Curry over the years, from a predraft invite before the 2009 NFL draft, to a more recent workout in late November last year. Curry's best season was arguably in 2010, when he played a full 16-game season, generating career highs in tackles (73) and quarterback sacks (3.5).