Christopher "Chris" Rainey (born March 2, 1988) is a Canadian football running back and kick returner for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football for the University of Florida, and was a member of Florida's BCS National Championship team in 2009. The Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL) selected him in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has also played for the NFL's Indianapolis Colts and the CFL's Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts.
Rainey before the Argonauts season opener in 2019.
|Born:||March 2, 1988|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Lakeland (Lakeland, Florida)|
|*Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL West All-Star||2016, 2018|
|Total return yards||10,413|
Rainey was born in Lakeland, Florida, the son of a single mother, and was raised, in part, by his grandmother. He attended Lakeland High School, where he became a standout running back for the Lakeland Dreadnaughts high school football team. 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. 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. 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.
Rainey and the Pouncey brothers all committed to play college football for the University of Florida. All three players would later be drafted by NFL teams.
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. After injuring his shoulder as a true freshman in 2007, he was redshirted. He was a member of the Gators' 2008 team that won the 2008 SEC Championship Game and the 2009 BCS National Championship Game. 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. On special teams, he holds the team career record for blocked kicks (4). Following his senior season in 2011, his fellow Gators recognized him as the team's most valuable player. He was suspended only four games in 2010 after he was charged with aggravated stalking for allegedly texting his girlfriend, "Time to die, b----."
As a freshman, he also ran the 100-meter dash for the Florida Gators track and field team, and received All-American honors as a member of the Gators men's third-place 4x100-meter relay team at the 2008 NCAA national outdoor track and field championships.
Rainey did not participate in track as a sophomore. As a junior in 2010, the 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. The quartet received All-American honors for their first-place finish.
|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|
2012 NFL CombineEdit
|Height||Weight||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press|
|5 ft 8 in
|4.36 s||1.47 s||2.43 s||3.93 s||6.50 s||36.5 in
|10 ft 0 in
|All values from Central Florida Pro Day.|
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Rainey in the fifth round, 159th overall pick, of the 2012 NFL Draft, and the team announced he had signed a four-year contract on May 6, 2012. He debuted for the Steelers against the Denver Broncos on September 9, 2012 and scored his first NFL touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals on October 21, 2012.
The Steelers waived Rainey on January 10, 2013, after he was arrested on a battery charge for attacking a young woman in a cellphone dispute.
Rainey signed with the Indianapolis Colts on November 20, 2013. He spent three weeks with Indianapolis. His first week, given limited practice time with the team, he was inactive. Rainey would, however, appear in the next two contests for the Colts; Weeks 13 & 14. Immediately following their Week 14 match-up, a losing effort to the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis announced Monday December 9, that Rainey had been placed on season-ending Injured Reserve. In his two games with the Colts Rainey returned six kickoffs and four punts for a total of 160 all-purpose yards. Despite being used in a few third-down packages, Rainey failed to make any offensive contributions in his very limited time with Indianapolis. On July 28, 2014 Colts coach Chuck Pagano announced Chris Rainey had been released from the team citing, "It's unfortunate and [a] violation of team rules. It was an in-house deal, that's all I'm going to say about that."
Rainey signed with the Arizona Cardinals practice squad on September 9, 2014. He was released by the team on September 18, 2014.
Rainey signed with the Montreal Alouettes practice roster on September 28, 2014. He was promoted to the active roster on October 20, 2014. Rainey played in 5 games for the Alouettes during the 2014 season, receiving 22 touches on offense and 15 as a return specialist. Rainey was cut by the team on June 15, 2015.
Rainey signed with the BC Lions on August 28, 2015. After signing midway through the season, Rainey played in the final nine games of the regular season, primarily on punt and kick return. In the 2016 season Rainey led the CFL in combined yards with 2,945 last year, and finished third in both kick and punt return yards with 1,359 and 942 respectively. On December 5, 2016, Rainey and the Lions agreed to a two-year contract extension, keeping him with the club through the 2018 CFL season.
Upon entering free agency, Rainey signed with the Toronto Argonauts on February 12, 2019. In week 4 against his former team, the BC Lions, Rainey returned a punt for a touchdown, but stepped out of bounds as time expired following a missed field goal, awarding BC a rouge, breaking a tie game and awarding BC the win. Rainey passed 10,000 career return yards during the season, and was named Toronto's Most Outstanding Special Teams Player. Rainey was appreciative of the nomination, but stated that teammate Frank Beltre who led the league in special teams tackles was more deserving. As a pending free agent in 2020, he was released during the free agency negotiation window on February 7, 2020.
Chris and his partner, Jenn, have expanded their family. They are now the proud parents of three children. Makari is the oldest, their daughter Makynli is next and they recently welcomed a second daughter to the family, Makailynn.
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- GatorZone.com, Football History, 2011 Roster, Chris Rainey Archived May 1, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, 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.
- GatorZone.com, Track & Field History, 2008 Roster, Chris Rainey. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- "UF men's track finishes 2nd at NCAA Outdoors Archived February 2, 2017, at the Wayback Machine," The Gainesville Sun (June 12, 2010). Retrieved July 3, 2012.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 13, 2017. Retrieved July 9, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Michael DiRocco, "Rainey gives Steelers plenty of options," ESPN (April 28, 2012). Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- Rachel George, "Florida RB Chris Rainey selected in the fifth round of NFL Draft[permanent dead link]," Sun-Sentinel (April 28, 2012). Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- "Steelers Sign Fifth-Round Pick Chris Rainey Archived September 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine," Steelers.com (May 6, 2012). Retrieved May 6, 2012.
- Ed Bouchette, "Steelers sign two rookie draft picks," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (May 6, 2012). Retrieved May 6, 2012.
- Gregg Rosenthal, "Chris Rainey arrested, waived by Pittsburgh Steelers," NFL.com (January 10, 2013). Retrieved January 10, 2013.
- "Transactions". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on July 30, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
- "Lions sign KR/RB Rainey to extension – Article – TSN". TSN. December 5, 2016. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
- "Argos sign Rainey, Fogg, and Timmis". February 12, 2019.
- "Argos release 12 players". Toronto Argonauts. February 7, 2020.
- "Rain man returns". BC Lions. February 11, 2020.
- 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.
- BC Lions profile
- Chris Rainey – Florida Gators player profile
- Chris Rainey – Pittsburgh Steelers player profile
- Chris Rainey – Montreal Alouettes player profile at the Wayback Machine (archived May 25, 2015)
- Career statistics and player information from NFL.com · Pro Football Reference
- Canadian Football League profile
- CFL profile (old link) at the Wayback Machine (archived September 23, 2015)