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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.

Wali Rainer
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Personal information
Born: (1977-04-19) April 19, 1977 (age 42)
Rockingham, North Carolina
Career information
High school:Charlotte (NC) West
NFL Draft:1999 / Round: 4 / Pick: 124
Career history
Career NFL statistics
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Rainer also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, and Houston Texans.


Professional careerEdit

Cleveland BrownsEdit

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.

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

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.

Detroit LionsEdit

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.

Houston TexansEdit

On April 4, 2006, he signed with the Houston Texans but was injured and placed on the injured reserve and never played a game for the team.

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