58 Days: A Look Back at All-American Rob Renes

With 58 days until the 2016 Michigan Football season, we look back at All-American Rob Renes. The native of Holland, Michigan playing at the nose tackle position was an outstanding student-athlete by having success in both football and academically. Below are his highlights and achievements:


  • In 1999, he became only the fifth Michigan player to be named both a first team All-American on the field and an Academic All-American for his academic performance.
  • He was selected by The Sporting News as a first-team All-American.
  • He had 151 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, five sacks, and three fumble recoveries.
  • He was selected to the Academic All-Big Ten Conference team all four years at Michigan.
  • He was also a two-time recipient of the Dr. Arthur Robinson Scholar Athlete as the best scholar athlete on the Michigan team.
  • In his senior year, Renes was also selected as a team co-captain and a semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award.


  • Renes was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL draft.
  • Two weeks into training camp with the Colts in 2000, Renes was diagnosed with a fractured L-5 vertebrae and was later placed on injured reserve.
  • A back injury ended his NFL career. He wore a back brace for more than a year, was waived by the Colts.

Life After Football

  • He began teaching at Saline Middle School near Ann Arbor.
  • In 2002, Renes attempted a comeback with the Colts, but he suffered numbness from nerve damage and was unable to continue playing football.
  • From fall of 2003-fall of 2005 he decided to become a Defensive Coach for the Reeths-Puffer Rockets of Muskegon, Michigan.

Renes pushed himself both on and off the field making him one of the most successful student-athletes to attend Michigan.

Go Blue!

David Noe