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Rennie Curran is a keynote speaker, author, leadership and business coach. As a former professional athlete, he is passionate about improving leadership capabilities, career performance, and performance for leaders and their teams.
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. He now serves as a keynote speaker, author, and certified leadership and business coach.