Rob Renes (born March 28, 1977 in Holland, Michigan) is a former American football player who was an All-American nose tackle and team co-captain for the University of Michigan Wolverines football team in 1999.
In 1999, he became the fifth Michigan player to be named both a first team All-American on the field and an Academic All-American for his academic performance. He was selected by The Sporting News as a first-team All-American. At Michigan he had 151 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, five sacks, and three fumble recoveries. He was selected to the Academic All-Big Ten Conference team all four years at Michigan. He was also a two-time recipient of the Dr. Arthur Robinson Scholar Athlete as the best scholar athlete on the Michigan team. In his senior year, Renes was also selected as a team co-captain and a semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award.
Renes was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL draft. Two weeks into training camp with the Colts in 2000, Renes was diagnosed with a fractured L-5 vertebrae and was later placed on injured reserve. A back injury ended his NFL career. He wore a back brace for more than a year, was waived by the Colts and began teaching at Saline Middle School near Ann Arbor. In 2002, Renes attempted a comeback with the Colts, but he suffered numbness from nerve damage and was unable to continue playing football. After his unsuccessful comeback attempt, Renes told his hometown newspaper, the Holland Sentinel: "I realized that I pushed it to the brink and feel good about the opportunities that I've had. Having this (back injury) really seals the deal. It just wasn't meant to be." From fall of 2003-fall of 2005 he decided to become a Defensive Coach for the Reeths-Puffer Rockets of Muskegon, Michigan.
- Bentley Library - Biography and Photograph of Renes
- Renes Profile from SI.com
- "Renes trades NFL helmet for textbooks," Holland Sentinel, November 8, 2002
- Michigan Daily article with photograph of Renes
- NFL.com page
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