Wali Rainer (born April 19, 1977) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia.
|Born:||April 19, 1977|
Rockingham, North Carolina
|High school:||Charlotte (NC) West|
|NFL Draft:||1999 / Round: 4 / Pick: 124|
|Career NFL statistics|
Rainer was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. Rainer had a great rookie season leading the Browns in tackles with 136. He remained the Browns starting middle linebacker for the next two years recording 117 tackles in 2000 and 82 tackles in 2001.
On April 20, 2002, the Browns traded Rainer along with the 79th overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft to the Jacksonville Jaguars for the 76th overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft. In his only season with the Jaguars he started 14 of 16 games at middle linebacker for the team and recorded 92 tackles.
On April 2, 2003 Rainer signed with the Detroit Lions. He played for the Lions from 2003 to 2005. He recorded 69 tackles during the three years.