Rennie Curran is a former professional athlete who currently serves as an active Keynote Speaker, Author, and the CEO of Game Changer Coaching. Recently Inducted into the Gwinnett County Sports Hall Of Fame and the Georgia. Florida Hall of Fame, he uses his platform to inspire students, athletes, and business professionals to reach their fullest potential.
Born in Atlanta, GA and the son of Liberian immigrants, Curran has a diverse background with humble beginnings. He began his football career at Brookwood High School in Snellville, GA becoming the all-time leading tackler in Gwinnett County history. He was initially considered undersized according to various critics, but quickly silenced the doubters by exploding onto the field as a true freshman at the University of Georgia.
His experiences of overcoming many circumstances to reach his childhood dream of becoming a 3-time All American, Butkus Award Finalist, permanent team Captain, a 3rd round draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft (Tennessee Titans) and transitioning into becoming a successful entrepreneur has given him a unique perspective on what it takes to handle adversity and maximize opportunities while having a positive impact on others.
Through his innovative presentations he teaches individuals, teams, and organizations how to transform their personal and professional lives through leadership, teamwork, and personal development. Rennie has been counseling and inspiring people for many years. He is the CEO of Game Changer Coaching whose mission is to help elite athletes, business professionals, and executives become influential leaders by improving performance and building their brand.
In 2013, he published a motivational self-help book entitled ‘Free Agent’ The Intangibles for Overcoming Adversity and Times of Transition. This motivational self-help book discusses how to overcome adversity during the times of transition that we all face along our journey to achieve our dreams. He also has a newly released children’s book entitled “What Does It Take to Be a Star” which was co-written with his 9 year old daughter Eleana Curran. The book taps into every child’s curiosity to find their own personal greatness by helping them to realize that being a Star has less to do with your title and more to do with who you are as a person.
Rennie obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration from University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and a certification in personal development coaching from the Life Purpose Institute. He has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Fox Sports, ESPN College GameDay, The Huffington Post, and much more.
When Rennie is not speaking, coaching, or writing he is usually spending time with his daughter or catching up on one his favorite hobbies: music. He grew up playing the piano, drums, and viola. He is also a public servant who spends lots of time giving back through several organizations including: Boys and Girls Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, ALS Foundation, Boys Scouts of America, and many more. Curran is a man of faith, humility, integrity, and resilience.
Highlights of Rennie’s Experience:
- Three -Time All-American, All-SEC, Team MVP, Butkus Award Finalist, Rotary Lombardi Award Finalist, and Permanent Team Captain at University of Georgia from 2007-2009. He was recently inducted into the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame (2019) and the Georgia Vs. Florida Hall of Fame (2019).
- Rennie has delivered more than 300 keynote speeches since 2011, and has facilitated more than 90 professional development workshops for his clients.
- Has coached and mentored hundreds of athletes, executives, and business professionals in the areas such as leadership, high performance, and personal branding.
- 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 Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
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. Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Curran was listed as the No. 11 inside linebacker prospect in the nation.
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.