He was National Coach of the Year at Alabama and help start the football program at Georgia State. Monday, former coach Bill Curry stopped in Macon to thank sponsors of the Georgia Industrial Children's Home.

Curry will speak at the sold out dinner on June 1. Monday, he thought back to his playing days and the legendary coaches who led him through his career.

"Bobby Dodd at Georgia Tech taught us the value, you've got to get your education," said Curry. "That's the most important thing, and we're going to win some football games here.

"Then Vince Lombardi with the Green Bay Packers, it was not fun to play for Coach Lombardi until the Super Bowl ring arrived in the mail. We liked him a lot on those days. But he was so demanding and so hard. He said 'your religion, your family and the Green Bay Packers in that order' that's what you'll think of. We thought he got confused about the order.

"Don Shula, who is the winningest coach in the history of the NFL was remarkable in that he actually formed a relationship with each player. You could talk to him."

Curry was a part of two Super Bowl Champion teams before turning to coaching. He resigned as Georgia State's head coach after last season.

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