Rennie Curran is a former professional athlete, speaker, author, and personal development coach who has a passion for improving leadership, career performance, and personal branding.
Rennie’s unique combination of leadership experiences with the National Football League, The Jon Gordon Companies, and his transition into becoming a successful entrepreneur translates to powerful and practical coaching, training, and speaking services for his clients. For several years, Rennie has worked with schools, universities, associations, companies, and sports teams in the capacity of keynote speaker, coach, strategic partner, and brand ambassador. Clients include Coca-Cola, Chick-Fil-A, The City Council of Bainbridge, The University of Georgia, AXA Advisors, Communities In Schools, Securus, Simply Trading and more!
Highlights of Rennie’s Experience:
- Three -Time All-American, Team MVP, Butkus Award Finalist, and Permanent Team Captain at University of Georgia from 2007-2009.
- Has spoken and trained in hundreds of companies within different industries.
- Serves on several boards including the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business Young Alumni board, the CETA (Creating Empowerment Through Autonomy) Foundation, and the Paul Oliver Foundation.
- Rennie has delivered more than 300 keynote speeches since 2011, and has facilitated more than 90 professional development workshops for his clients.
Rennie is the CEO of Game Changer Coaching whose mission is to help business professionals and elite athletes reach their fullest potential through personal development workshops and one-on-one coaching in order to improve leadership and career performance. Key areas of expertise include leadership effectiveness, building effective teams, strategic planning, mental toughness, conflict resolution, overcoming adversity, diversity and inclusion, and personal branding.
Rennie is the author of Free Agent: Intangible Assets For Overcoming Adversity and Times of Transition (April 2013) and What Does It Take To Be A Star?(August 2017), which he co-authored with his beautiful 10 year old daughter, Eleana Curran. Both of his motivational self-help books discuss personal developement topics such as the importance of leadership, character, and resilience. His books have been used as an educational resource in several schools across the southeast.
Rennie completed his Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Georgia and received his personal development coaching certification from the Life Purpose Institute. Rennie’s passion for leadership and performance includes in depth studies and analysis of what works for business professionals, companies, and elite athletes who are branded by their level of excellence.
Curran’s widely renowned athletic and business career has allowed him to give back to the Liberian community, supporting educational and social institutions. At the same time, he promotes goodwill and continues to build positive relationships by working with many non-profit organizations in the Atlanta Area including the Boys and Girls Club, MAP international, Boys Scouts of America, and the CETA Foundation.
Curran has also found success in other fields. He is a musician who grew up playing the piano, drums, and viola. When he’s not speaking or coaching, Curran spends lots of time with his family, especially his daughter Eleana, passing on his wisdom and love to her.
High School Career
Curran attended Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia, where he participated in multiple sports, including wrestling and track. However, it was on the Broncos’ football field where he became a player to watch. Curran started for the varsity football team as a sophomore, playing both linebacker and fullback. He became know as “The Liberian Dream.”
Curran bears the moniker both as a tattoo on his left bicep and as a personal motto to honor his parents who immigrated from Liberia in the mid-80s. His mother earned a master’s degree in nursing from Emory University and became a certified diabetes educator while his father founded a shoe repair business. Curran grew up witnessing the sacrifices they made as they supported and sheltered family members and friends during a bloody thirteen-year civil war in their homeland. It was this compassion and selflessness that inspired Curran to stop at nothing to achieve his dreams and catalyze a change in the world.
While attending a football camp in Atlanta, he met former Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl linebacker Jessie Tuggle. Tuggle played an important role in Curran’s development as a linebacker, and continues to serve as one of his mentors.
Throughout his high school career, Curran accumulated a number of accolades:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super Southern 100
- Class AAAAA First Team
- Georgia Sports Writers Association’s Class AAAAA All-State Team
- Super Prep All-American Team
- All-Dixie Team
- Gwinnett County Linebacker of the Year
- Gwinnett County Defensive Player of the Year
As the college recruitment process began, Curran was considered by Rivals.com as a 4 star recruit, and was listed as the number 11 inside linebacker prospect in the nation. Offers from multiple universities began pouring in, but Curran was interested in only one school – The University of Georgia. By the end of his high school career, Curran became the Broncos’ and Gwinnett Counties all-time leading tackler.
Curran’s three year career at the University of Georgia was nothing short of spectacular.
As he began his career for the Bulldogs in 2007, he was considered by many as being too undersized to start at linebacker for an SEC team. But once Curran stepped onto the field, he quickly silenced any doubters with one punishing tackle at a time. Making up for his lack of size with superb technique, quickness, and strength, Curran was poised to break onto the SEC scene.
During his freshman season, Curran played in 11 games, starting 5 of them. He compiled 53 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks. He was named first-team Freshman All-American by Rivals.com, second-team Freshman All-American by Scout.com and was an Honorable Mention by The Sporting News. As a sophomore, he started all 13 games, leading the team in tackles on 9 separate occasions and topping all Bulldog defenders with 115 tackles and 10 tackles for loss. He also recorded 3 sacks and forced 2 fumbles. He was honored as a Butkus Award Finalist and earned the Bulldogs Defensive MVP Award. Additionally, he was named first-team All-SEC by the league’s coaches, second team All-SEC by the Associated Press, Sophomore All-American by College Football News and College Athlete of the Year by the Allied Athlete Group Foundation in Atlanta. As a junior he led the team in tackles 11 different times, accumulating an SEC-leading 130 tackles, with 5 tackles for loss, half a sack, 3 pass breakups and 10 quarterback pressures. A finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, he also earned first-team All-SEC accolades by the Associated Press and the SEC coaches, first-team All-American by CBSSports.com and was awarded the Bulldog’s Vince Dooley MVP Award.
In January of 2010, Curran decided to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. He finished his Bulldog career cementing his legacy as one of the greatest linebackers in the history of the program. In his three years between the hedges, he played in 37 games, starting 30 of them, and ranked 16th in school history with 298 career tackles. He became only the 10th player in school history to lead the team in tackles during multiple seasons, and was the first Bulldog to record consecutive 100 tackle seasons since Greg Bright accomplished the feat during the 1996-97 season.
The Tennessee Titans selected Rennie Curran with their second pick in the third round (97th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. During his rookie season, Curran played in 9 games and recorded 8 total tackles. He spent time with the Tampa bay Buccaneers in 2012 before joining the Edmonton Eskimos in 2013.
After an amazing two and a half year campaign with the Edmonton Eskimos and B.C. Lions, Curran became a free agent and set his sights on getting back into the NFL by taking part in the Spring League in April of 2017. The experience was short lived as he ended up tearing the patella tendon in his left knee.
In May of 2017 Curran decided to retire from the game of football and focus his efforts on using his gifts, talents, and experiences to help students, business professionals, and the next generation of athletes reach their fullest potential.