Today is a great day to wish happy birthday to a Michigan Wolverine named Markus Curry. Markus Jermain Curry was born on this day in Detroit, Michigan. He grew up to be an excellent athlete and starred at Bishop Gallagher High School. When it came time to take his game to the next level, he decided to follow his brother, Julius, who was enjoying success at Michigan.
Markus arrived in Ann Arbor in 2001. He did not play as a freshman. Instead, he focused on getting stronger, learning the Michigan Football system and learning how to be a successful student-athlete at a big-time university.
Curry started three games at free safety in 2002 and played well enough to earn his first varsity letter. Michigan finished the season with an overall record of 10 wins and 3 losses in Curry’s sophomore year. They posted a record of 6-2 in the conference which was good enough for second place. However, Curry and his teammates wanted more!
Markus Curry returned for his junior year, determined to make a bigger impact and win a Big Ten Championship. Markus started thirteen games at cornerback. Once again, Michigan posted an overall record of 10 wins and 3 losses, but they did better in the conference. Michigan won the Big Ten championship with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss. Curry earned his second letter and a championship ring, so, it was a very good year!
Markus returned for his senior year in 2004. This time the goal was to play at a high level and defend the Big Ten Title. He started 6 more games at cornerback, but battled some injuries. However, he still played well enough to earn All-Big Ten Second Team honors. He also helped Michigan win nine of twelve games. Michigan successfully defended their Big Ten Championship. They won seven of eight games and earned a share of the championship.
Markus Curry was an excellent player on some very good Michigan teams from 2001 to 2004. He, and his teammates, won a total of 37 regular season games. Their record of 26-6-0 in Big Ten play produced a winning rate of just over eighty-one percent (.813). Michigan won two straight conference titles in 2003 and 2004. Of course, 2004 is the last time the Wolverines accomplished that feat!
Curry is also connected to some football “firsts” at Michigan:
- Markus Curry played in the first games ever against Florida and Utah in 2002. (Both wins!)
- Curry played on the first Michigan team to win the Outback Bowl on January 1, 2002 when the Wolverines defeated Florida 38-30.
- Markus played in the first two game ever played against San Diego State and Texas during the 2004 season. Michigan defeated San Diego State in September 2004 by a score of 24-21. The Wolverines lost to Texas in the Rose Bowl (37-38) in the 2005 Rose Bowl on January 1, 2005.
So, today is a good day to remember the Michigan football career of Markus Curry. He was a solid player who gave his all to Michigan. Thank you Markus for your contributions to the great history that is Michigan football. I hope you have a very happy birthday today! Go Blue!