The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


November 8, 2012

A football life comes to an end for Bill Curry


"He said, 'Well, you missed our childhood, daddy. Are you going to do it again?'" the coach said. "That settled it."

Still, he'll miss the sort of moments he had Thursday. The daily grind of practice. The interactions with everyone from players and coaches to trainers and equipment managers. The giddy enthusiasm that erupted at the end of the day, when defensive lineman Theo Agnew and assistant coach Ricky Thomas broke into song and dance, egged on and encircled by Curry and the rest of the squad.

"This is what team sports should be," Curry said, his eyes watering up. "I'm going to miss the guys. I'm going to miss them every day."

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