In late September, former NFL running back Chris Rainey ran a 40-yard dash in the low 4.3s during a tryout with the Chiefs. Nearly two months later, someone has decided to give Rainey another job.
The Colts have announced that Rainey has signed with the team. He had a Tuesday tryout that, per a league source, included workouts from receivers Ramses Barden and Joe Adams, defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi, and defensive backs Marcus Burley and Sherrod Martin.
Rainey, a fifth-round draft pick in 2012, was dumped by the Steelers in the offseason after a string of off-field issues, culminating in an allegation that he assaulted his girlfriend. (Rainey’s girlfriend later denied that she had been assaulted.)
It would be easy to assume that Chris Rainey caught the eye of the Colts because his brother, Bobby, had three touchdowns for the Buccaneers on Sunday. The only flaw in that assessment is that Chris and Bobby Rainey aren’t related.
Actually, Chris Rainey is the younger brother of former NFL running back Rod Smart, who is best known for choosing to display the phrase “He Hate Me” on the back of his jersey while playing in the anything-goes XFL.