Big Rapids native Justin Currie records first career sack

Chicago Bears wide receiver Josh Bellamy (15) is tackled by Cleveland Browns defensive back Justin Currie (39) in the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns safety and Big Rapids native  Justin Currie recorded his first career sack in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

“It was a pretty surreal moment,” he said during an interview with Clevelandbrowns.com. “Me being from Michigan, it’s every kid’s dream of playing in the snow on a Sunday. I was just trying to do my part to help this defense out and help the team win.”

Currie sacked rookie Mitch Trubisky on third down in the during the first series of the game with some help from former Michigan standout and current Brown Jabrill Peppers. He also had three tackles, including one for loss, and a quarterback hurry.

“It was a safety-nickel blitz, me and Jabrill and it was a great call by coach,” he said. “Jabrill did a great job really setting that tackle and opening up a big window for me to go in there and make the play.”

Currie is playing in place of injured strong safety Derrick Kindred.

A standout at Big Rapids High and later Western Michigan, Currie played in 47 games (37 starts). In 2014, he finished with 105 tackles and was named Third Team All-MAC. In 2013 he led the defense with a career-high 113 tackles and also had a career-high three interceptions. He was named Second Team All-MAC and was also a two-time Academic All-MAC Team member. Currie  totaled 339 tackles, nine tackles for loss and five interceptions in four seasons at WMU.

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