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 50   Vinny Ciurciu   LB
  Height: 6-0   Weight: 240
  Year: 7   Yrs/Pat: 1
  Acquired: FA-09
  School: Boston College
  Born: May 2, 1980    

Career Transactions

Vinny Ciurciu was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on May 4, 2009 ... Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Carolina Panthers (5/2/03) ... Released by Carolina (8/31/03) ... Signed to the practice squad by Carolina (9/2/03) ... Signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from the Panthers practice squad (10/8/03) ... Released by Tampa Bay (12/2/03) ... Signed to the practice squad by Carolina (12/5/03) ... Signed from the practice squad by Carolina (12/20/03) ... Signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Vikings (3/3/07) ... Released by Minnesota (3/3/09).
 



Career Highlights

GP/GS (Playoffs): 84/5 (8/0)

  • Ciurciu joins the Patriots in 2009 as a veteran of six NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2003), Carolina Panthers (2003-06) and Minnesota Vikings (2007-08).
  • Ciurciu enters 2009 having played in 84 career games with five starts and has recorded 44 career tackles (34 solo) along with 74 career special teams tackles.
  • In 2007, Ciurciu tied for second on the Vikings with 15 special teams tackles despite missing three games.
  • Ciurciu led the Carolina Panthers in special teams tackles in 2006, registering a career-high 19 stops.
  • In 2004 with Carolina, made a career-high four starts, filling in for the injured Dan Morgan and made a singleseason career high 33 tackles (25 solo).

 



Seasonal Reviews

2008 (14/0, 1/0 - Minnesota): Played in 14 regularseason games and one postseason contest ... Finished the season ranked tied for fourth on the Vikings in special teams tackles with seven ... Tallied a season-high two special teams tackles three times versus Indianapolis (9/14), versus Detroit (10/12) and versus the New York Giants (12/28) ... Stepped in at middle linebacker for the injured Dan Herron versus Detriot (10/12) and tallied three tackles in coverage ... Tallied one special teams tackle in the Vikings' playoff loss versus Philadelphia (1/4).
 

2007 (13/0 - Minnesota): Played in 13 games, seeing action primarily on special teams ... Tied for second on the team with 15 special teams tackles despite missing three games due to injury ... Played on special teams return units and helped Vikings rookie Aundrae Allison set a team record for kickoff return average at 28.7 yards per return ... Posted a single-game career high three special teams tackles versus Oakland (11/18).
 

2006 (16/0 - Carolina): Played in all 16 games and led the Panthers with a single-season career high 19 special teams tackles ... Keyed the Panthers punt coverage unit that ranked sixth in the NFL, allowing only 6.4 yards per return ... Tallied two tackles (1 solo) in coverage.
 

2005 (15/1, 3/0 - Carolina): Appeared in 15 regularseason games and made one start at outside linebacker ... Played in all three of the Panthers' postseason games ... Ranked second on the team with 14 special teams tackles ... Part of a Panthers punt coverage unit that ranked fifth in the NFL in return yard average and helped punter Jason Baker to the NFL's top mark in net punting average at 38.9 yards per punt ... Tallied six tackles (5 solo) in coverage ... Started at outside linebacker at Miami (9/25) in place of the injured Will Witherspoon ... Tallied two special teams tackles in the postseason.
 

2004 (16/4 - Carolina): Played in all 16 games and made a career high four starts, all at middle linebacker ... Notched career highs with 33 tackles and 25 solo tackles on the season ... Added nine special teams tackles ... Saw his first significant action at Seattle (10/31) where he replaced injured linebacker Dan Morgan and tallied a single-game career high 10 tackles in coverage ... Made starts at middle linebacker versus Oakland (11/7), versus Arizona (11/21), versus Tampa Bay (11/28) and at New Orleans (12/5).
 

2003 (2/0, 4/0 - Carolina, 8/0 - Buccaneers): Split time between Tampa Bay and Carolina, playing in eight games with the Buccaneers before playing the final two regular-season games with the Panthers in addition to four postseason games, including Super Bowl XXXVIII versus the Patriots ... Tallied seven special teams tackles with the Buccaneers before being released (12/2) ... Signed the Panthers practice squad (12/5) and signed to the active roster for the final two games of the regular-season, contributing three tackles on special teams ... Saw action on special teams in all of the Panthers' four postseason games.
 



College

Ciurciu began his collegiate career playing fullback at Clemson before transferring to Boston College and moving to linebacker ... As a senior at Boston College in 2002, ranked second on the team with 102 tackles in addition to five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one interception ... As a junior in 2001, led the Eagles in tackles with 87 and grabbed two interceptions ... Sat out the 2000 season after transferring to Boston College from Clemson, per NCAA rules ... As a freshman (1998) and sophomore (1999) at Clemson, Ciurciu played in 23 games with one start and totaled 30 carries for 104 yards and four catches for 22 yards and one touchdown.
 



Personal

Vinny Ciurciu was born on May 2, 1980 ... Was a two-year starter at fullback and outside linebacker at St. Joseph (Paramus, N.J.) Regional High School ... Garnered first team all-state honors at linebacker as a junior and senior ... Rushed for 1,260 yards and scored 25 touchdowns his senior year ... During his time with Carolina, was active with the United Way's Hometown Huddle in Charlotte where he helped refurbish a playground and upgrade facilities at a local YMCA ... Has an interest in real estate development and has started working in the field in New Jersey ... The middle of three children in his family ... Owns a sportswear company, Anger Sports, with his brother that specializes in workout and casual clothing ... Majored in marketing at Boston College.
 



Extra Points

  • Ciurciu is co-owner of a New Jersey based sportswear company, Anger Sports, with his brother. The athletic clothing line specializes in workout and casual clothes.
  • Ciurciu played with current Patriots teammate Dan Koppen at Boston College from 2001-02.
  • Ciurciu likes to cook, especially Italian food, and learned by watching his mother and grandmother. He says he can make a great sauce, but won't reveal his secret recipe.