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Philly Eagle Curry carries MU to Super Bowl stage

January 31, 2018 GMT

HUNTINGTON - Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry makes sure to carry Marshall University with him wherever he goes during his NFL career.

Curry carries the Thundering Herd proudly on his chest, donning the No. 75 to represent the 75 people lost in Marshall’s 1970 plane crash that decimated the football program. And, after last week’s 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship, Curry donned a Marshall beanie and letterman’s jacket as he took part in postgame interviews.

“At the end of the day, that was a big thing for me,” Curry said. “I just wanted to let Huntington know we made it, you know? We made it to the grandest stage in football. I just wanted to do my postgame interviews representing the school that means so much to me.”

Now, Curry will again be carrying the Herd with him this week as he takes part in Super Bowl festivities in preparation for the Eagles’ Feb. 4 matchup with the New England Patriots in Minneapolis. That beanie and letterman’s jacket will likely do him well this week with temperatures not getting above freezing and lows dipping into negative temperatures.

It’s all good for Curry, who is still likely numb with excitement as he leads the Eagles - a team he grew up adoring as a young boy in Neptune, New Jersey - into the contest against the defending NFL champions.

This latest accomplishment is part of what has been an incredible year for Curry from both a personal and professional standpoint.

Curry became a father for the first time May 6, 2017, when his son, Noah Vincent Curry, was born, changing his life in a way that he never thought possible.

That came two weeks after Curry had been in Huntington for the dedication of the Vinny Curry Football Locker Room inside the Shewey Building at Marshall.

“Oh man, it’s a dream come true, you know,” Curry said. “Words can’t describe how things have been. It just feels so good. It’s a great feeling.”

Curry’s energy on and off the field has made him a leader in Philadelphia, and that energy never reached a higher level than last week as he took in the home atmosphere of the Eagles’ win over Minnesota. The 6-foot-3, 266-pound defensive end said he’s never experienced a crowd or game atmosphere like that since getting into the NFL.

“It was electrifying in there,” Curry said. “I don’t think anyone sat down the whole game.”

Curry used that energy from the crowd as a boost and the Eagles consistently pressured Vikings quarterback Case Keenum and forced him into early throws, including an interception returned for a touchdown that changed the game’s complexion in the first quarter.

While that was the most electric experience in Curry’s career, the sixth-year veteran expects the Super Bowl to register a new high in terms of excitement on the field.

And, knowing Curry, chances are he’ll carry Marshall University with him every step of the way.