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Chris Rainey
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Rainey in the 2012 NFL season.
No. --     Free agent
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-03-02) March 2, 1988 (age 34)
Place of birth: Lakeland, Florida
High School: Lakeland
Career information
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 5 / Pick: 159
Debuted in 2012 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
* Pittsburgh Steelers ( 2012)
Career highlights and awards
* SEC Championship (2008)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Rushing yards     102
Rushing average     3.9
Rushing TDs     2

Christopher Arthur Rainey (born March 2, 1988) is an American football running back who last played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida, and was a member of Florida's BCS National Championship team in 2009. The Steelers selected him in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He is currently a free agent.

Early years

Rainey was born in Lakeland, Florida, the son of a single mother, and was raised, in part, by his grandmother.[1] He attended Lakeland High School, where he became a standout running back for the Lakeland Dreadnaughts high school football team.[2] During his high school years, he lived with the family of twin brothers Maurkice Pouncey and Mike Pouncey, and all three were standout members of the Dreadnaughts football team.[1] As a senior in 2006, he led his team with 2,478 yards rushing for thirty-two touchdowns—including fifteen touchdown runs of fifty yards or more—and helped lead the Lakeland Dreadnaughts to their third consecutive Florida Class 5A state championship and second straight USA Today national championship.[2] Following his senior season, he was a U.S. Army high school All-American and an all-state selection by the Florida Sports Writers Association, and finished his prep career with more than 7,000 all-purpose yards and ninety touchdowns.[2]

Rainey and the Pouncey brothers all committed to play college football for the University of Florida. All three would later be drafted by NFL teams.

Rainey is the younger brother of former XFL and NFL running back Rod Smart.[3]

College career

Rainey accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Urban Meyer and coach Will Muschamp's Florida Gators football teams from 2007 to 2011.[4] After injuring his shoulder as a true freshman in 2007, he was redshirted.[2] He was a member of the Gators' 2008 team that won the 2008 SEC Championship Game and the 2009 BCS National Championship Game.[2] During his career as a Gator, he played in fifty-two games, compiled 2,464 yards and thirteen touchdowns on 396 rushing attempts, 795 yards and six touchdowns on sixty-nine receptions, and 454 return yards on eighteen kickoffs.[2] On special teams, he holds the team career record for blocked kicks (4).[4] Following his senior season in 2011, his fellow Gators recognized him as the team's most valuable player.

Track and field

As as freshman, he was also ran the 100-meter dash for the Florida Gators men's track and field team, and received All-American honors as a member of the Gators' third-place 4x100-meter relay team at the 2008 NCAA national outdoor track and field championships.[5]

Rainey did not participate in track as a sophomore. As a junior in 2010, the Florida Gators men's 4x100-meter relay team, including Rainey, Jeremy Hall, Terrell Wilks and Jeff Demps, won the NCAA championship in the event with a winning time of 39.04 seconds.[6] The quartet received All-American honors for their first-place finish.

Personal bests

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 meters 6.70 Blacksburg, Virginia February 5, 2010
100 meters 10.60 Gainesville, Florida April 16, 2011
200 meters 21.50 Winter Park, Florida May 4, 2007

Professional career

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Rainey in the fifth round, 159th overall pick, of the 2012 NFL Draft,[7][8] and the team announced he had signed a four-year contract on May 6, 2012.[9][10] He debuted for the Steelers against the Denver Broncos on September 9, 2012 and scored his first NFL touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals October 21, 2012.

After being arrested on a battery charge in Florida, the Steelers waived Rainey on January 10, 2013.[11]


Rainey was arrested January 10, 2013 and charged with one count of simple battery against his girlfriend by the Gainesville police. Soon after the arrest, Rainey was waived by the Pittsburgh Steelers.[12] Soon after the Steelers released him, the charges were dropped.

Rainey's older brother is former XFL and NFL running back and kick returner Rod Smart.[13]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ed Bouchette, "Ex-Gator Chris Rainey joins 'brother' in Pittsburgh," The Republic (May 2, 2012), Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5, Football History, 2011 Roster, Chris Rainey. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  3. Tim Gardner, "Florida running back Chris Rainey is younger brother of 'He Hate Me'," USA Today (August 23, 2010). Retrieved May 11, 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 46–47, 57, 58, 59, 63–64, 69–74, 127, 138–140, 148–149, 154, 172–173, 185 (2011). Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  5., Track & Field History, 2008 Roster, Chris Rainey. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  6. "UF men's track finishes 2nd at NCAA Outdoors," The Gainesville Sun (June 12, 2010). Retrieved July 3, 2012.
  7. Michael DiRocco, "Rainey gives Steelers plenty of options," ESPN (April 28, 2012). Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  8. Rachel George, "Florida RB Chris Rainey selected in the fifth round of NFL Draft," Sun-Sentinel (April 28, 2012). Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  9. "Steelers Sign Fifth-Round Pick Chris Rainey," (May 6, 2012). Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  10. Ed Bouchette, "Steelers sign two rookie draft picks," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (May 6, 2012). Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  11. Gregg Rosenthal, "Chris Rainey arrested, waived by Pittsburgh Steelers," (January 10, 2013). Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  12. "Chris Rainey arrested in Gainesville for simple battery," (January 10, 2013). Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  13. Rachel George, "UF's Chris Rainey moving on after running his mouth finally brought consequences, change," Orlando Sentinel (September 30, 2011). Retrieved March 29, 2013.

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