LB Rennie Curran no stranger to adversity

Rennie Curran, shown here in action against the Lions on Friday, assumed a leadership role on the...

Rennie Curran, shown here in action against the Lions on Friday, assumed a leadership role on the Eskimos defence when he slotted into the middle linebacker position in August after JC Sherritt was injured. (Carmine Marinelli)

Con Griwkowsky, QMI Agency

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EDMONTON - Edmonton Eskimos linebacker Rennie Curran could tell you a thing or two about overcoming adversity.

Far as that goes, so could quarterback Mike Reilly.

They’re a couple of first-year players who have taken on leadership roles with the team — and not just because of the position they play.

They were new faces when training camp started, but they’ve now become the faces of the franchise’s future.

Unlike Reilly, who was a starter from the git-go, Curran had to bide his time before he got his first start at middle linebacker back in mid-August.

If nothing else, the former Georgia Bulldogs standout has learned to be patient after landing in a couple of tough NFL situations. He even wrote a book about it, Free Agent.

So, when he finally got his shot as a starter, it was almost like deja vu all over again, playing on an Eskimos team that has suffered through more than its share of adversity.

“Definitely, adversity is not something new for me,” said


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