#35 IN OUR PROGRAMS, #1 IN OUR HEARTS
Flat out, plain and simple, Rennie, you will be missed.
We all knew the day would come when Rennie would leave us for the NFL. Many, including myself, for our own personal delight wished to see that decision come a year down the road. Unfortunately for us, it came yesterday. Over the past 24 hours this writer has weighed Rennie’s decision in my mind and I have come to realize what is best for me and the Dawgs was not what was best for Rennie Curran and I cannot blame him for making his move. I don’t think words can put into effect what #35 meant to this program. I don’t think in all my time I have seen a player fly to the football like Rennie did. I can remember one particular play in the Tech game where it looked like Nesbitt was going to make his move to the outside and out of no where Rennie, like a heat-seeking missile, comes up and saves the day with one of his 298 tackles as a Georgia Bulldog. Of course then there is the USC game this year where Rennie saved the day with a last second pass break up. One of the biggest things I can remember about Rennie is the way he would jump up after a tackle and swing one of his arms around in front of him, truly excited about the game he loved.
I think if you asked any player on the Georgia football team and I dare to say any member of the Bulldog Nation who the heart and soul of the Georgia team was this year the answer would be Rennie Curran. There is no doubt in my mind.
So how will Rennie do? Where will he go in the draft? It is hard to say right now but I feel that there are many qualities about Rennie that would make him a lucrative option for any NFL roster. First, I dont think there are many players who play the game like Rennie does. Size, speed, agility, quickness, etc etc will only take you so far. Heart is what will take you the furthest in this game. No one, and I repeat, NO ONE, has a heart like Curran. Dont get me wrong he does have speed. He does have agility. He does have quickness. He doesnt have size. But neither did Ray Rice and look what he did to the Patriots. Ill go back to the old phrase my pee-wee football coach used. “It aint the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.” Rennie has the biggest fight that I know.
Heart is not the only thing that sets him apart. Rennie also has a knack for shedding blocks easily. Looking back at some of the highlights of his career in the past few hours, you can see Rennie often take on blockers almost twice his size, get off of them and make a tackle. Plus in the NFL with all those big lineman its going to be hard for them to find and lock on to Rennie with the way he uses his quickness.
One of the biggest strengths of Curran is literally his strength. The video above is one of Rennie training as a high school senior getting prepared to go to Georgia. As a high school senior he benched over 400 pounds, squatted over 500, and cleaned over 300. Incredible numbers for anyone, much less someone his size. Imagine those number after three years in Georgia’s weight training program. His strength will make him able to shed the blocks of the big NFL lineman if they get to him andwill help him hold on and bring down the opposing player. I can’t imagine a player with his strength being looked over by the NFL scouts, no matter what his size.
Finally, Rennie is playing for so much more than football. He has a little girl to provide and care for. His parents and the rest of his family need money to live on in Liberia and in America. As he says in this story by ESPN, he could be the one to break the tradition of poverty within his family. I pray that the people in the NFL give Rennie a shot to show what he can do for the team. I know he will give it his all as he always has for the game and for the family he loves. Heres to a Damn Good Dawg! Thank you Rennie for the memories.
Until next time, “You stay classy Classic City.”