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Howard Curry

CURRY MADE HIS MARK IN ATHLETICS AS A COLLEGE FOOTBALL OFFICIAL BUT HE GOT HIS START LOCALLY AS A BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL UMPIRE. LATER, UNDER THE TUTELAGE OF THE LEGENDARY GEORGE DAVIS – ONE OF THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN OFFICIALS IN SUMMIT COUNTY, HE GOT HIS START AS A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL OFFICIAL IN 1970.

FIFTEEN YEARS AND MORE THAN 150 GAMES LATER, HOWARD CURRY HAD OFFICIATED SIX AKRON CITY SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES, SEVEN STATE PLAYOFF CONTESTS – INCLUDING TWO OHSAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES, AND WAS ON HIS WAY TO A SOLID COLLEGIATE OFFICIATING CAREER. HE STARTED WORKING OHIO CONFERENCE AND NORTH COAST CONFERENCE GAMES IN THE EARLY 1980’S AND FOLLOWED THAT WITH A STINT AS A FIELD JUDGE IN THE MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE.

IN 1990 HE WAS CHOSEN FROM A POOL OF MORE THAN 100 APPLICANTS TO OFFICIATE IN THE COLLEGIATE INDEPENDENTS FOOTBALL CONFERENCE WHICH LATER BECAME THE BIG-EAST CONFERENCE. DURING THE COURSE OF HIS CAREER IN STRIPES HE WORKED MORE THAN 250 GAMES AS A SIDE JUDGE, INCLUDING TWO BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES, TWO ARMY-NAVY GAMES AND 16 POST-SEASON BOWL GAMES. HE CONCLUDED HIS CAREER ON JANUARY 1, 2012 AT THE TICKET CITY BOWL IN DALLAS, TEXAS.

Inducted 2014 | Official