It’s been quite some time since wide receiver Ronald Curry was tearing up the Bay Area for the Oakland Raiders. After five years away from the NFL, the two-sport star is ready to return to the gridiron. This time around, it’ll be as a coach for the San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers announced on Monday that they would be hiring Curry as an offensive assistant for the 2013 campaign.
“The 49ers are our staff are pleased to be initiating Ronald’s NFL coaching career,” San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Our team will greatly benefit from Ronald’s athletic experiences, and we are happy that he and his wife, Stacie, are joining our football family.”
While this move seems out of left field, Curry’s connections with the 49ers coaching staff likely played a significant role in his new gig. Harbaugh was a coach with the Raiders during Curry’s first two years in Oakland, so the 49ers head honcho knows him personally. John Morton, the 49ers current wide receiver coach, was also with the Raiders when Curry first arrived.
Throughout his seven-year career with the Raiders, Curry amassed 2,347 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns on 193 receptions, averaging 12.2 yards per catch. His best season came in 2004, when he racked up 679 yards and six touchdowns on 50 grabs.
While Curry never really lived up to his hype as a five-star high school athlete, he made a significant impact for the Raiders and should be a pleasant addition to the 49ers coaching staff.
It’s just another underrated acquisition for Harbaugh and Co.