Jake Curhan

American football player (born 1998)

American football player
Jake Curhan
No. 73 – Chicago Bears
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1998-02-09) February 9, 1998 (age 26)
Larkspur, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:316 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school:Redwood (Larkspur, California)
College:California (2016–2020)
Career history
  • Seattle Seahawks (2021–2023)
  • Chicago Bears (2024–present)
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Games played:29
Games started:9
Player stats at PFR

Jake Curhan (born February 9, 1998) is an American football offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at California, and was a two-time Pac-12 honorable mention. He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent following the 2021 NFL Draft, debuted in the NFL that season, and started five games at right tackle while also playing in 10 other games as a rookie.

Early years

Curhan was born in Larkspur, California, about 16 miles north of San Francisco, and is Jewish.[1][2][3] His father, Greg Curhan, had attended Dartmouth College, and his mother, Randi Curhan, had attended the University of Pennsylvania.[4][5] He grew up in Corte Madera, in Marin County, California, with his parents and two older brothers.[6] Every summer he went to a Jewish summer camp on the east coast of the United States.[6] He played competitive travel basketball, and his mother recalls that because of his size: "Kids would always be kind of ricocheting off of him in the game. He was like a wall."[7] He lives in Larkspur.[8]

Curhan attended Redwood High School (2016) in Larkspur.[9][5] He played one season of high school basketball.[4] He only began to play football when he was a sophomore in high school.[4][10] He started on the offensive line for three seasons, from 2013–15, even though 2013 was his first time playing the sport.[4] As a junior, he was Honorable Mention Marin County Athletic League on both the offensive and defensive lines.[4]

As a senior, he moved to left tackle and played on the defensive line.[4] Prior to his senior season, he earned preseason All-Northern California honors from SportStars, was listed at No. 8 among players to watch by the San Francisco Chronicle, and was named the No. 2 player in the North Bay Area by North Bay Preps.[4] In his senior season he was team captain, and was named Lineman of the Year by the Marin County Athletic League, first-team All-State Medium School by Cal-Hi Sports, and San Francisco All-Metro.[7][4]

College career

In 2016, Curhan was a three-star scholarship recruit to University of California, Berkeley (B.A. in Business Administration; 2020), spending his first year as a redshirt.[11][4][3] In 2017, Curhan started in all 12 games on offense for the California Golden Bears, playing right tackle while earning Pac-12 Conference All-Academic honors.[4] He adopted the nickname on his Instagram account of "the Bear Jew."[12] Following a game against Ole Miss, he was named the team's player of the week.[3]

As a sophomore in 2018, Curhan started in all 13 games, earning Pac-12 All-Academic honors for the second consecutive year.[4] He also made two tackles on offensive turnovers.[4]

Prior to his junior year, he was named fourth-team preseason All-Pac-12 by Athlon and Phil Steele, and honorable mention by Pro Football Focus (PFF).[4] Curhan was a first-team midseason All-Pac-12 selection of SB Nation, and a second-team selection of the Bay Area News Group (BANG).[4] He started every game for the third straight year as a junior in 2019, was named All-Pac 12 honorable mention, earned All-Pac-12 honors from Phil Steele and PFF, and served as team captain.[4]

Before the 2020 season Curhan was a Preseason All-California Region selection by SportsPac12, was named to the preseason Outland Trophy Watch List, and was named second-team (BANG/Jon Wilner, Pac-12 Media, Phil Steele) and third-team (Athlon, Lindy's Sports, Pick Six Previews) preseason All-Pac-12.[4] In a shortened 2020 season that included just four games, he made two starts, only missed two due to Covid contact tracing. He was given honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors by the conference's coaches.[3][10] As a junior he was a member of the conference's initial Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll that replaced its Pac-12 All-Academic teams.[4] In his college career he was a starter in all 40 games he played, all at right tackle.[13] Rather than play an additional season, Curhan declared for the NFL Draft.[3]

On January 30, 2021, Curhan played for the National team in a 27-24 victory over the American squad in the 2021 Senior Bowl.[4] The Pro Football Network reported: "Curhan showed potentially underrated athleticism at 6-foot-6, 323 pounds, and his length also gives him utility in the trenches."[9] He posted a 5.42 40-yard dash at Cal's annual Pro Day on March 18, 2021.[4]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 5+78 in
(1.98 m)
316 lb
(143 kg)
33+12 in
(0.85 m)
10+14 in
(0.26 m)
5.42 s 1.89 s 3.17 s 4.84 s 8.07 s 24.0 in
(0.61 m)
8 ft 6 in
(2.59 m)
15 reps
All values from Pro Day[14][15][16][4]

The website Walter Football ranked Curhan as the No. 16 offensive tackle in the draft, described him as a "steady pass protector and quality run blocker," and projected him as being picked in the third to fifth round.[17] He was not selected in the 2021 NFL Draft on April 29 to May 1, 2021.[11]

Seattle Seahawks

Curhan was then signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent, receiving the largest signing bonus among the team's undrafted class; he was the only undrafted free agent to make the Seahawks’ regular season roster in 2021.[18][19] After impressing the team in back-to-back preseason starts, with coach Pete Carroll noting that he gave up only one pressure on “27 or 28″ pass attempts playing right tackle during the preseason, he was given a spot with the team on the final 53-man roster on August 31, 2021.[20][18][11][21]

He made his NFL debut in week one against the Indianapolis Colts on September 12, 2021, appearing on four snaps in the 28–16 win.[22] He made his first start on December 12, at right tackle.[23][19] In 2021 he played 405 snaps in 15 games, making five starts (in which the team won three games), and wasn't penalized a single time.[24][25][1] He started the last five games of the season at right tackle, playing all offensive snaps in each game.[23][24] During that span, PFF graded him as the 16th-best run blocking tackle out of 54 qualified players.[24]

Curhan entered the 2023 season as a backup tackle. He was thrust into the starting lineup in Week 2 following an injury to right tackle Abraham Lucas, and started the next four games. He was waived on November 18, 2023, and re-signed to the practice squad.[26] He was promoted to the active roster on December 30.[27]

Chicago Bears

On March 18, 2024, Curhan signed with the Chicago Bears.[28]

See also

  • List of select Jewish football players


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  2. ^ "2021-22 NFL Review", Jewish Sports Review, March/April 2022, Volume 13, No. 6, Issue 150, p. 3.
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  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Jake Curhan - Football". California Golden Bears Athletics.
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  6. ^ a b Helen Wang (April 25, 2020). "Humans of Haas: Jake Curhan". Berkeley Haas.
  7. ^ a b Emily Ohman (October 17, 2019). "Making a hero: Jake Curhan is more than a lineman". The Daily Californian.
  8. ^ Tim Miguel (February 3, 2016). "Gaining A Step Ahead". California Golden Bears Athletics.
  9. ^ a b Bob Condotta (May 19, 2021). "New Seahawk Jake Curhan hopes to share more than just an alma mater with Pete Carroll". The Seattle Times.
  10. ^ a b Matt Manocherian (2021). "Jake Curhan," SIS Football Rookie Handbook 2021.
  11. ^ a b c Bob Condotta (September 3, 2021). "Undrafted free agent Jake Curhan 'never doubted' his ability to make the Seahawks' 53-man roster". The Seattle Times.
  12. ^ "Jake Curhan; Seattle Seahawks OL #74; The Bear Jew". Instagram.
  13. ^ Faraudo, Jeff (January 23, 2021). "Cal Football: Crucial Senior Bowl Week Arrives for Jake Curhan and Camryn Bynum; A tackle for 4 years, Curhan will spend practice learning how to play guard, too". Sports Illustrated.
  14. ^ "Jake Curhan Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved August 31, 2022.
  15. ^ "2021 Draft Scout Jake Curhan, California NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". draftscout.com. Retrieved August 31, 2022.
  16. ^ "Jake Curhan 2021 NFL Draft Profile". insider.espn.com. Retrieved August 31, 2022.
  17. ^ Faraudo, Jeff (January 21, 2021). "A Strong Showing vs. Oregon Convinced Jake Curhan He Was Ready to Try the NFL - 'It Was Time to Bet on Myself'". Sports Illustrated.
  18. ^ a b Smith, Corbin K. (August 25, 2021). "Surpassing Expectations, Seahawks Rookie Jake Curhan Emerges as Unlikely Candidate to Win Roster Spot". Sports Illustrated.
  19. ^ a b Curtis, Jake (December 22, 2021). "Ex-Cal Lineman Jake Curhan Made His Second NFL Start on Tuesday; He's the second recent undrafted free-agent offensive lineman from Cal to start pro games". Sports Illustrated.
  20. ^ McDaniels, Declan (November 10, 2021). "Alum Jake Curhan signs with the Seahawks, shatters expectations". Redwood Bark.
  21. ^ Curtis, Jake (August 31, 2021). "Undrafted Ex-Cal OT Jake Curhan Makes Seahawks' 53-Man Roster". Sports Illustrated.
  22. ^ "Jake Curhan Career Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  23. ^ a b "Jake Curhan 2021 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  24. ^ a b c Smith, Corbin K. (January 28, 2022). "Analysis: How Did Seahawks Offensive Tackles Perform in 2021?". Sports Illustrated.
  25. ^ Condotta, Bob (March 22, 2022). "With last year's starting offensive tackles reportedly looking elsewhere, who will Seattle turn to?". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 27, 2023.
  26. ^ Boyle, John (November 18, 2023). "Seahawks Sign T Jason Peters, Waive T Jake Curhan". Seahawks.com.
  27. ^ Boyle, John (December 30, 2023). "Seahawks Place Jamal Adams & Dee Eskridge On Injured Reserve, Waive Frank Clark & Sign Three Off Practice Squad". Seahawks.com.
  28. ^ Mayer, Larry (March 18, 2024). "Roster Move: Bears add OT Jake Curhan". ChicagoBears.com.

External links

  • Jake Curhan on Instagram
  • Career statistics and player information from NFL.com · Pro Football Reference
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  • California Golden Bears bio
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