Bobby Rainey

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Bobby Rainey
Bobby Rainey MT Stadium 2012 Practice.jpg
Rainey with the Baltimore Ravens
No. 43 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position: Running back / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-10-16) October 16, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Griffin, Georgia
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: Griffin (GA)
College: Western Kentucky
Undrafted: 2012
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2015
Rushing yards: 982
Rushing average: 4.0
Rushing TDs: 6
Stats at

Bobby Gene Rainey, Jr. (born October 16, 1987) is an American football running back and return specialist for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He has also played for the Cleveland Browns. He played college football at Western Kentucky.

College career[edit]

In 2011, Rainey had 1,695 rushing yards and 17 total touchdowns while playing running back at Western Kentucky University.[1][2] In 2010, Rainey was one of the top rushers in College Football. He led the nation in rushing attempts (340) and was third in the nation in rushing yards (1649). He was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 as well as earning All-American honors from[3] In July 2011, he was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List.[4] In August, he was named to the Doak Walker Award Watch list.[5] In 2009, he totaled over 2100 yards and gained notoriety as one of the premier Kick Returners in College Football. His two official forty yard dash times were 4.42 and 4.45 respectively. He was also a member of the Western Kentucky Track & Field team.


Year Attempts Rushing Yards Touchdowns
2008 Fr. 35 240 1
2009 So. 144 939 6
2010 Jr. 340 1649 15
2011 Sr. 369 1695 13
Total 888 4523 39

School records[edit]

Rainey holds school records for WKU in rushing yards in a season (1,695) and rushing yards in a career (4,523). He is just the eighth FBS player since 2000 to rack up back-to-back 1,500-yard seasons. That list includes NFL running back LaDanian Tomlinson (TCU), and current NFL running backs, Ray Rice (Rutgers), DeAngelo Williams (Memphis), Darren McFadden (Arkansas) and Steven Jackson (Oregon State).

Professional career[edit]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Rainey signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent.

On September 10, 2012, he was released.

On September 12, 2012, he was re-signed to the practice squad and became practice squad captain.

On October 16, 2012, he was promoted to the active roster after the team placed Lardarius Webb on injured reserve.[6] Rainey never made it on the active gameday roster during the 2012 season.

On November 13, 2012, he was placed on injured reserve due to a knee injury.[7]

On August 31, 2013, he was released by the Ravens.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

On September 1, 2013, he was picked up by the Cleveland Browns after clearing waivers. He was released after week 7 of the 2013 season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

2013 season[edit]

In October 2013, he was acquired off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He scored his first career regular season touchdown on November 11, 2013. It was the eventual game-winning TD in the Buccaneers 22-19 win over the Miami Dolphins, serving as Tampa Bay's first win of the 2013 season.

On November 17, 2013, Rainey had 3 touchdowns (2 rushing and 1 receiving) and 163 rushing yards in the Buccaneers' win over the Atlanta Falcons. Thanks to injuries to Doug Martin and Mike James he would finish his debut Buccaneer season as the teams leading rusher with 137 attempts for 523 yards and 5 touchdowns. He also had 11 catches for 27 yards and 1 receiving touchdown.

2014 season[edit]

On March 5, 2014, Rainey signed a one year deal to stay with the Buccaneers.[8]Despite terrible offensive line play, Rainey still compiled 94 attempts for 406 yards and 1 touchdown only second to Doug Martin. He also had 33 catches for 315 yards and 1 receiving touchdown.

2015 season[edit]

On March 10, 2015 the Buccaneers extended a restricted free agent tender offer of 1.5 million for 1 year to Rainey restricting him from free negotiating with any other and granting Tampa the right to match any offer he receives from other teams.


  1. ^ Player file WKU Sports
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2] Sports Illustrated
  4. ^ [3] Maxwell Award
  5. ^ [4] Doak Walker Award
  6. ^ "Ravens promote Rainey to active roster, Webb placed on IR". Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Smith, Scott. "Rainey Re-Ups with Bucs". Retrieved 5 March 2014.