No. 35 Edmonton Eskimos
|Date of birth:November 10, 1988|
|Place of birth: Snellville, Georgia|
|High school: Snellville (GA) Brookwood|
|NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 3 / Pick: 97|
|Debuted in 2010 for the Tennessee Titans|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2010
Rennie Curran (born November 10, 1988) is a motivational speaker, author, musician, and American football linebacker for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He played college football at the University of Georgia. Curran was considered one of the top weakside linebackers of his class, and has been called "the most dominant defensive player in the game" by The Sporting News. In January 2010, Curran announced that he was forgoing his final year of eligibility to enter the 2010 NFL Draft. He was the 97th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Titans.
High school career
Curran attended Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia, where he became the Broncos’ all-time leading tackler and was twice named Gwinnett County Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Year. He was named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 and Class AAAAA First-team Defense.
As a true freshman in 2007, Curran appeared in 11 games making five starts with 53 tackles including 9 for loss and 3 quarterback sacks. He received Freshman First-team All-America honors by Rivals.com, and Honorable Mention by The Sporting News.
In his sophomore season, Curran started all 13 games leading the team in tackles (115), including a team-leading 10 for a loss and a team-high 3 sacks to go along with two forced fumbles. His 115 tackles were the most by a Bulldog since Orantes Grant recorded 120 in 1998. Curran was a finalist for the Butkus Award and earned Sophomore All-American honors by College Football News.
In 2009, his junior season, he was voted First-team All-SEC by the AP and Coaches, and was also named First-team All-America by CBSSports.com after leading the SEC in tackles with 116.
The Tennessee Titans selected Rennie Curran with the 97th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was given the number 53, the number of fan-favorite Keith Bulluck, a linebacker who was released earlier in the year. He was released on September 2, 2011.
Curran joined the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League in time for the 2013 CFL season; of which he played in 16 of the 18 regualar season games. In his first season in the CFL he amassed 70 tackles, 10 special teams tackles, 2 sacks and 2 interceptions; one of which was for a defensive touchdown.
Curran became the author of his first book "Free Agent" - The Perspectives of A Young African American Athlete On April 4, 2012. The book was published by Rathsi Publishing and the forward was written by University of Georgia head coach Mark Richt.
Curran is a well polished Public Speaker and has spoken to a wide variety of organizations including schools, churches, and corporate businesses.
Curran began playing the piano at the age of eight, the drums at the age of ten, and the viola at the age of thirteen.
- NFL Draft - 2011 OLB Draft Prospects, CBSSports.com
- Hayes, Matt (October 8, 2008), "Can't live without you: The 20 most indispensable college football players", Sporting News
- "Georgia's Curran leaves school". Associated Press. January 10, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2010.
- Rivals.com inside linebackers 2007, January 25, 2007
- Fox, David (November 27, 2007), "Crabtree leads scary list of young talent", Rivals.com
- Williams, Larry (July 28, 1999), "Grant to lead tough Dogs' defense", The Augusta Chronicle
- Cirminiello, Richard (December 11, 2008), "2008 CFN All-Sophomore Defensive Team", College Football News
- Rennie Curran Website
- Edmonton Eskimos bio Archive copy at the Wayback Machine
- ESPN NFL Draft profile
- "Free Agent" by Rennie curran