Thursday, November 14, 2013
Meet RB Bobby Rainey
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano has a reputation for having a hard edge. But he also has a soft side that's paying off.
Take the case of Bobby Rainey. The running back had only been with the team for four days when Schiano let Rainey take some time off. Rainey traveled home to Paducah, Ky., for the birth of his daughter (Kyvee). That came at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 27.
Since, Rainey's life has changed dramatically and it isn't just because he became a father. Originally brought in to provide depth at running back and on special teams, Rainey found himself in a prominent role in Monday night's victory against Miami.
His 31-yard touchdown run set up his 1-yard touchdown run.
"When I checked my phone after the game, I had like 36 text messages," Rainey said.
Rainey might as well get used to the sudden celebrity status. With Mike James as the latest Tampa Bay running back to go on injured reserve (Doug Martin and Jeff Demps were already there), it appears as if Rainey will be used in tandem with veteran Brian Leonard.
That's a pretty big jump for a guy who wasn't even drafted when he came into the league last year. Rainey spent time with Cleveland and Baltimore but didn't get his first significant playing time until Monday night.
"Basically, I came into the NFL with a chip on my shoulder because I didn't get drafted," Rainey said. "I feel like I've got something to prove, not to everybody else but to myself."
The knock on Rainey coming out of Western Kentucky was his size. He is listed at 5-foot-8 (which appears to be generous) and 212 pounds.
"I use it as motivation," Rainey said. "No man can tell another man what they can or cannot do. Anything is possible."