Former UPike football player finds new career in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WYMT) - University of Pikeville football fans may not recognize Demitri Curry in a vest and tie instead of shoulder pads and a helmet.

Curry spent two seasons playing defensive end for the Bears before tearing his ACL during spring practice in 2012.

"It put me out both mentally and physically for a long time," Curry said. "I had the opportunity to either come back and play my senior year, my last season...or a different opportunity."

Curry, an Atlanta native, decided to spend this semester at the Washington Center, an organization that gives college students work opportunities in our nation's capital.

Washington Center officials helped Curry land an internship at the U.S. Marshal's Service.

"After the injury, I started getting the mentality that everything happens for a reason and that maybe this was for the best, as negative as that sounds," Curry said.

Curry likes working for the U.S. Marshal's Service, but plans on joining the Air Force after his internship ends.

"Demitri was one of my leaders on our football team," UPike coach Dudley Hilton said. "And just the way he handled himself, the way he played hard every play, you knew the young man was going to make it in this world."

Curry gets academic credit for the internship. He said he plans on returning to UPike's campus for graduation ceremonies in May 2013.

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