Canute Curtis
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-08-04) August 4, 1974 (age 45)
Place of birth: Amityville, New York
High School: Farmingdale High School
Farmingdale, New York
Career information
College: West Virginia
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 6 / Pick: 176
Debuted in 1997 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Last played in 2002 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2002
Games played     70
Games started     15
Tackles     87
Quarterback sacks     3.0
Forced fumbles     3
Stats at

Canute J. Curtis (born August 4, 1974) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons during the 1990s and early 2000s. He played college football for West Virginia University, where he was a consensus All-American. He was drafted in the 1997 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Cincinnati Bengals. Curtis is currently the defensive line coach at Towson University.

Early yearsEdit

Curtis was born in Amityville, New York.[1] He attended Farmingdale High School in Farmingdale, New York,[2] where he played for the Farmingdale high school football team.

College careerEdit

Curtis attended West Virginia University, where he played for the West Virginia Mountaineers football team from 1993 to 1996. As a senior in 1996, Curtis led the nation's top-ranked defense by setting the Mountaineers' single-season record for quarterback sacks with 16.5, and also made 11 tackles for a loss. He totaled 67 tackles, forced two fumbles, and had an interception. Curtis was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, and was named the Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He was also among the finalists for the Dick Butkus Award for best college linebacker and for the Bronko Nagurski Award for best college defensive player.

Curtis finished his career as WVU's all-time sack leader with 33.5 sacks.

He also became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Professional careerEdit

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Curtis in the sixth round (176th pick overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft,[3] and he played for the Bengals from 1997 to 2002.[1] During his six-season pro career, he played in 70 regular season games, started 15 of them, and compiled 87 tackles.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 National Football League, Historical Players, Canute Curtis. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  2., Players, Canute Curtis. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  3. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1997 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  4., Players, Canute Curtis. Retrieved February 2, 2012.

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