Q: Who was your favorite player growing up?
A: I didn't follow sports much growing up. Jim Brown
Q: Who did you get your first pro interception against?
A: Randy Johnson
Q: Were you a linebacker in high school?
A: No fullback
Q: I learned you never gave up... What else did it take for you to be as successful as you are?
A: It was my job to give it 100%
Q: What was the most memorable moment in your career?
A: Super Bowl Victory
Q: Did you have a tough opponent that made you raise your game to a new level?
Q: What went through your mind when you dressed in your uniform for the first time?
A: I was thinking I had a job to do.
Q: What's the best advice a coach gave you?
A: We're playing you on defense.
Q: You played with and against so many great players. Who was the best and why?
A: There were a lot of great QBs, RBs, TEs. It depends on game, team etc.
Q: Who was the toughest player you had to tackle and how did you get it done?
A: Gale Sayers, just did it.
Q: How did you decide to go to Duke and what advice would you give to me?
A: Academics first then their football program. Higher academics ensure success after football.
Q: What is the one thing not many people know about you?
A: I don't like bullies!
Q: Who was the most underrated player ever?
A: I paid no attention to what was said about myself or other players.
Q: Who did you like to play for the most?
Q: How was it to play with the Seahawks as they started?
A: I loved the drive from MD out there. There were some great guys on that new team so I enjoyed it.
Q: Who was the best defensive player you played against?
A: Dick Butkus
Q: Regardless of position or era, who do you think is the best NFL player ever?
A: Dick Butkus
Q: Who had the most influence on you and your career?
A: My parents.
Q: What was your motivation or inspiration through good and bad time?
A: Competition motivated and inspired me.
Q: What is your favorite achievement?
A: No favorite one. Doing the best I could in everything I did.
Q: How would you describe the feeling of playing in the NFL?
A: It was a job I enjoyed. I would have enjoyed working in a steel factory. I enjoyed working.
Q: What are your memories at Duke?
A: Making Academic All American.
Q: What are a couple of your best memories of your time in the NFL?
A: Lots of best memories... Super Bowl V.
Q: Are you a Colts fan or Ravens fan?
A: I don't follow sports.
Q: What stadium or arena new or old is your favorite to play in?
A: Memorial Stadium
Q: If you could take one game or moment to replay and relive in your sports life as a fan or participant what would it be?
A: Game - Super Bowl V, moment my interception in that game.
Q: Favorite player or professional peer?
A: Ray May and Tom Nowatzke.
Q: Grass or Turf?
Curtis was born March 26, 1943 in Washington, DC. He attended Richard Montgomery High School (RMHS) in Rockville, MD and received a football scholarship to Duke University, where he was named All-ACC Academic in 1963.
At RMHS, Curtis was named Outstanding Player of the Year in 1960 as a fullback. At Duke University, he was a two-time All Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a fullback and linebacker, All Time Letterman 1962, 1963 and 1964 as well as an ACC Champion in Track and Field (Javelin). Mike graduated with a B.A. in 1966 from Duke.
Mike Curtis was drafted first round by the Baltimore Colts and is well known for his outstanding career in the National Football League.
During his years with the Baltimore Colts, Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins, Curtis set the standard for NFL linebackers – middle and outside - big, quick and agile with explosive tackling ability. He played in four Pro Bowls, and led the Colts’ defense to two Super Bowls. Curtis recorded 5 interceptions in 1970 and was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Year. He received MVP honors by the New York Chapter of Professional Football Writers of America after Super Bowl V. Curtis was named the Colts' Most Valuable Player in 1974. He was drafted by the Seahawks in the 1976 expansion draft and played one season with them before retiring with the Redskins in 1978.
Mike Curtis wrote one book about his NFL career called Keep off My Turf. In it, he states that the New York Jets, who upset the Colts in the Super Bowl III, "were lucky that day," and that the 1968 Colts were "twice as good as the Jets."
After his outstanding football career, Mike continued to challenge himself with Outward Bound Wilderness Expeditions, specifically mountaineering in Patagonia, Chile and the Collegiate Peaks in Central Colorado. Other Expeditions saw Mike climbing summits in the Alps, Appalachians, Alaska, and Maine.
Named to Duke University Sports Hall of Fame in 1981, Curtis was selected to Duke’s All-Century Team in 2000.