Curtis' coach was his football coach and the coach spoke of Curtis' quarterbacking skills.
"John has got awfully good feet and he's a pretty pure passer," Fairfield coach Ben Hubbard told the school in a release. "Eastern Illinois has got an excellent recruit. John has always been a winner."
While Curtis went to Eastern Illinois to play football, he also went on to play baseball. He signed with the Pirates as a 20-year-old outfielder. He played two seasons and topped out in short-season ball.
Curtis' career began in 1989, signed by the Pirates as a free agent out of Fairfield and Eastern Illinois.
At Fairfield, Curtis threw a 26-yard touchdown pass in one season-ending contest.
With the Pirates, Curtis started at rookie Princeton. He got into 47 games and hit .209. He also knocked in 17 and stole four bases.
He moved to short-season Welland for 1990. He got into 47 games there and hit .290. He had two home runs and 18 RBI. That season proved his final season as a pro.
- The Keep, Eastern Illinois University, Feb. 12, 1986: Football Signs 16 New Players
Made the Majors:1,188-35.8%
Never Made Majors:2,129-64.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 492
10+ Seasons in the Minors:287