JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As a group of NFL hopefuls ranging from ages 20 to 23 work out at the combine in Indianapolis this week, 25-year old Ranier Rackley continues to train in hopes of getting an opportunity to play professional football.
Rackley is a former running back at Andrew Jackson High School. Upon graduating from AJHS in 2005, Rackley spent a year at Georgia Military College. After that was one season at Webber International University.
After his first season at Webber, Rackley chose to come back home to Jacksonville so he could be the man of the house to support his hospitalized mother and look after his younger brother. While taking a few years off from football, Ranier became a father. He also worked at the Bacardi plant and drove a delivery truck for Krispy Kreme and Aaron's Furniture.
When he finally resumed his college football career in 2009, he landed at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. After a couple productive seasons there, Rackley's college career ended just in time for the NFL Lockout.
Now two years have passed since the lockout. Although he hasn't gotten a shot to compete for a roster spot in any professional football league, he's still training every day in hopes of landing his dream job of being a pro football player.