Bryn Renner
Renner with North Carolina in 2013
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-01-22) January 22, 1990 (age 31)
Place of birth: West Springfield, Virginia
Career information
College: North Carolina
Undrafted in 2014
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Denver Broncos ( 2014)*
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Bryn Renner (born January 22, 1990) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at the University of North Carolina. He was the starter for the Tar Heels from 2011 to 2013.

After going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, Renner signed with the Denver Broncos and subsequently became a member of the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League (IFL), Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers, and Pittsburgh Steelers, mostly on their practice squads.

Early years

Renner attended West Springfield High School in West Springfield, Virginia, where he threw for 3,123 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior. In his junior year, he guided the Spartans to the 6A Northern Region Championship game where the Spartans lost 58–34 to the eventual state champion Westfield Bulldogs who were led by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon. In his senior year, he guided the Spartans to the regional semi-finals where they fell to Oakton High School who were led by St.Louis Rams running back Trey Watts. He was selected as a SuperPrep All-American and ranked as the No. 3 quarterback in the United States.[1] During his time at West Springfield, Renner also played for the school's basketball and baseball teams.[2] His father Bill Renner, a former punter for the Green Bay Packers in the National Football League, was his high school coach.[3]

College career

He enrolled at the University of North Carolina in 2009 and was a redshirt during his freshman year.[1] Prior to attending the University of North Carolina, Renner worked out for the New York Yankees of the MLB.[4] A standout high school baseball player, Renner initially wanted to compete for both the school's football and baseball teams, but eventually decided to concentrate solely on football.[5]

After appearing in several games as a backup behind T. J. Yates during his redshirt freshman season in 2010, he became North Carolina's starting quarterback as a redshirt sophomore in the 2011 football season.[6][7][8] In his first game as North Carolina's starting quarterback, Renner completed 22 of 23 passes and set North Carolina and Atlantic Coast Conference records for passing accuracy.[9] During the 2011 regular season, Renner completed 212 of 308 passes for 2,769 yards and 23 touchdowns.[10] His quarterback rating of 161.2 ranked 10th among all NCAA Division I FBS quarterbacks.[11]

Renner followed up his impressive 2011 campaign during the 2012 season, completing over 65% of his passes for 3,356 yards, 28 touchdowns, and only 7 interceptions.[12] His 7 interceptions ranked among the lowest in NCAA FBS among eligible Quarterbacks.[13] His best game came in a 34–39 loss to the Louisville Cardinals led by Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Teddy Bridgewater. Renner completed 26 of 41 passes for 363 yards and a career-high 5 touchdowns.[14][15] He was named Honorable Mention All-ACC by coaches and media.[16]

Prior to the 2013 season, Renner was named to the Maxwell Award watch list, given annually to the best college football player in the country,[5] as well as the Davey O'Brien Award watch list, given to the nation's best quarterback.[17] Praising his performance at the Manning Passing Academy, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said Renner looked "polished" and would not be surprised if he is a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.[18] However, his season ended after seven games due to a shoulder injury he suffered against NC State.[19] For the season he had 1,765 passing yards and 10 touchdowns.

College statistics

Year Team Games Completions Attempts Completion % Yards TDs INT Sacked QBR
2009 North Carolina
2010 North Carolina 2 1 2 50.0% 14 0 0 0 108.8
2011 North Carolina 13 239 350 68.3% 3,086 26 13 26 159.4
2012 North Carolina 12 276 422 65.4% 3,356 28 7 11 150.8
2013 North Carolina 7 152 231 65.8% 1,765 10 5 16 139.9
College totals 34 668 1,005 66.5% 8,221 64 25 53 151.2


Denver Broncos

After going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, Renner signed with the Denver Broncos as a free agent.[20] The Broncos waived Renner on August 24, 2014.[21]

Arizona Rattlers

On October 8, 2014, Renner was signed by the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League (AFL).[22]

Baltimore Ravens

On January 12, 2015, Renner signed with the Baltimore Ravens. On September 5, 2015, he was released by the Ravens.[23] On September 6, 2015, he was signed to the Ravens' practice squad.[24] On September 16, 2015, he was cut by the Ravens.[25] Renner was resigned to the Ravens' practice squad on December 9, 2015 and promoted to the active roster on December 12.[26] He was released later that week after the Ravens signed former Texans QB Ryan Mallett.[27]

Tennessee Titans

On December 23, 2015, it was announced that Renner had been signed to the Tennessee Titans practice squad. [28]

San Diego Chargers

Renner was signed by the San Diego Chargers on March 30, 2016.

Pittsburgh Steelers

On August 20, 2016, Renner was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers.[29] On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Steelers as part of final roster cuts.[30]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Bryn Renner bio". North Carolina Tarheels. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  3. Doug Doughty (September 15, 2011). "North Carolina QB Bryn Renner's dad makes move".
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  6. Sammy Batten (August 30, 2011). "UNC quarterback Bryn Renner brings renewed passion and power to Tar Heels".
  7. "Renner wastes no time making his mark with Tar Heels". The Herald-Sun. 2011. Archived from the original on April 21, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  8. Andrew Jones (August 23, 2011). "Bryn Renner is ready to lead UNC". Fox Sports Carolina.
  9. "Tar Heels quarterback Bryn Renner learns not to be perfect". AHN Sports. September 23, 2011.[dead link]
  10. "Bryn Renner profile". Archived from the original on November 20, 2011. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
  11. "NCAA Division I-A Player Passing Statistics – 2011 (Quarterback Rating Leaders – Qualified)". Retrieved November 27, 2011.
  12. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 20, 2011. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
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  19. QB Bryn Renner's UNC career ended by shoulder injury
  20. "Archived copy".
  21. "Broncos make first round of roster moves".
  22. Richard Obert (October 9, 2014). "Rattlers taking no chances at QB, bring in ex-UNC star". AZ Central. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  23. Downing, Garrett (September 5, 2015). "Ravens Trim 2015 Roster To 53 Players". Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  24. Downing, Garrett (September 6, 2015). "2015 Ravens Practice Squad Signings". Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  25. Mink, Ryan (September 16, 2015). "Ravens Cut QB Bryn Renner, Add Offense Tackle To P-Squad". Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  26. "BRYN RENNER". Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  27. "Ravens Sign Quarterback Ryan Mallett". Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  28. "Bryn Renner Signed to Tennessee Titans' Practice Squad". December 23, 2015.
  29. "Steelers sign Renner and Everett".
  30. Labriola, Bob (September 3, 2016). "Steelers cut to 53, trade for CB". Archived from the original on August 12, 2017.

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