Posted: Saturday, May 24th 2014 at 12:25pm
Former Georgia football player releases book; holds book signing in Gainesville
By Katie Davis Staff
Former Georgia linebacker Rennie Curran with a fan during his book signing at Longstreet Cafe in Gainesville
GAINESVILLE – From all-state to All-American to author: former University of Georgia linebacker Rennie Curran keeps raising the bar.
Between stints in the National Football League and the Canadian Football League – Curran is currently a member of the Edmonton Eskimos – the Snellville native wanted to do more than just keep his body ready for the next football opportunity.
From said want-to arose “Free Agent,” a book published by Rathsi Publishing and featuring a forward written by Curran’s former coach, Mark Richt.
“I was kind of in a no-man’s land,” Curran said outside of Longstreet Café in Gainesville, where he held a book signing Saturday, “I was released from my first NFL team, I was back home just by myself. I spent weeks and weeks training and I just got tired of doing only that.
“I wanted to have something to look back on and say that I was productive with that time. I began writing as a way to vent, and I realized (through that process) that I could turn my story into a way to motivate people.”
Curran hopes that his experiences will help inspire others facing similar crossroads in life to overcome obstacles en route to attaining their dreams.
And while “Free Agent,” which is available on Amazon, is the story of an athlete, Curran wants the book’s reach to go further than those involved in athletics. “Free Agent,” is for anyone staring at times of uncertainty and adversity.
“I know everybody loves sports,” Curran said, “so I knew that I could use the analogy of being a free agent to talk about how we all face times of uncertainty when we’re on a route to achieving our dreams.
“(This book) is about what intangible assets it takes to stay motivated and stay disciplined and keep pursuing your dreams.”
For Curran, the top intangible asset to finishing the drill is faith.
“Sometimes what you see physically in this world is going to be so disappointing, so sad,” said Curran, who serves as a motivational speaker at schools, churches and businesses in his off time. “If you don’t have the faith to see past all of that, you’re not going to be able to fight through your adversity, your time of uncertainty.
“You’ve got to be able to tune out all of the things you can physically see, and stay focused on your vision, stay focused on the things you can’t see and work as if they already exist.”
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