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Rainey enjoys fallout of Monday Night Football fame

Bobby Rainey stepped in for injured Mike James to rush for 45 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in Monday's nationally-televised 22-19 win.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Bobby Rainey stepped in for injured Mike James to rush for 45 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in Monday's nationally-televised 22-19 win.

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Bucs running back Bobby Rainey received a well-deserved game ball from his breakout performance on Monday Night Football.

Rainey, 26, hopes he'll soon have a a house to put it in.

It's been a whirlwind month for Rainey, who was claimed off waivers from the Browns Oct. 21, flew back to Paducah, Kentucky a week later for the birth of his first baby, daughter Kyvee Jolene. While Rainey caught up on the new playbook, he was also house-hounting, finding a house in Westchase he's waiting to get approved for.

But, more importantly, the backup running back may have found a home with the Bucs. Rainey stepped in for injured Mike James to rush for 45 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in Monday's nationally-televised 22-19 win, and will likely shoulder a significant load going forward.

"Monday Night Football - everybody's watching," Rainey said. "After the game, I looked at my phone and had 36 text messages or whatever. The first person I called was my fiance. I wanted to talk to my daughter, but she can't talk back. Then I called my mom afterwards.

Rainey said he entered the league with a chip on his shoulder and "something to prove" after going undrafted in 2012 out of Western Kentucky, where he rushed for almost 1,700 yards his senior year. Rainey received a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens his rookie year, despite not being active for any games. He thought he'd stick with the Browns this season, but was waived after six games. Rainey said one of his former teammates joked after Monday's game, "where else you going to end up at?"

Rainey said it was tough to stay patient, but remained humble, waiting for his chance. When James broke his left ankle on the opening series, Rainey split carries with Brian Leonard, setting up his one-yard touchdown run in the fourth with a 31-yard scamper.

“I think I proved I’m able to play in this league and I did my job," Rainey said. “I’m ready for any load that coach is willing to give me. I think I’ve prepared for it and I’m ready for it.

As for Monday's game ball?

"It's going in the man cave," Rainey said. "If I get approved for the house."

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 5:02pm]

    

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