As a recruited walk-on at the University of Minnesota, defensive lineman Sam Renner sure knows how to make the team against all the odds. Now, as an undrafted free agent on a deep defensive line for the Rams, Renner is once again battling for a spot. Not only has Renner made it through the adversity of being a walk-on, but he also had to deal with two major knee injuries, one his senior year of high school and one in his freshman year at Minnesota. We caught up with him for a quick Q-and-A before he heads out to Los Angeles.
Photo Credit: University of Minnesota Athletics
Getting To Know Sam
Q: What are your nicknames?
A: Probably just Renner, nothing too flashy.
Q: Who is your favorite non-football athlete?
A: Ronnie Coleman. He transformed the game and pushed his body to the limits.
Q: What is your irrational fear?
A: I have an irrational fear of snakes. I will never hold one or touch one.
Q: If you couldn’t be an athlete, what would you do outside of sports?
A: I would want to be in the financial sector. Probably banking, as I find it fascinating how it facilitates the whole world.
Q: What is something you haven’t had the chance to try but want to?
A: Sky diving. No question. I hate heights but i want to force myself to do it.
Q: What is your favorite Disney movie?
Q: Name an artist that you’re currently listening to the most
A: NBA YoungBoy has been my favorite for the past year or so.
Q: What are three things that you would bring to a deserted island?
A: A Tarp, a knife and a fire starter. Need to be able to create shelter and warmth.
Q: What is your fantasy vacation spot?
A: Thailand. Seems like an amazing place.
Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: Dogs by far. I’ve had three Springer Spaniels in my life.
Q: What is your secret obsession?
A: Hunting. I love hunting and don’t get out much but i will be doing that until i’m old after football.
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