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Tyrone Poole

Professional Football Player

Tyrone is a native of Georgia.  He graduated from Lagrange High School, where he lettered in both football and track and field.  Tyrone was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the first round (22nd overall).  He was the first Defensive Back taken in the 1995 NFL Draft.  Tyrone played collegiate football at Fort Valley State University.  While at Fort Valley, Tyrone was a four year starter and became the first player from the university to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.  Tyrone also competed in Track and Field, setting school records in the 100 and 200 meters.  He placed in the Track and Field Outdoor National Championship his sophomore, junior and senior years.

Tyrone is 1 of 2 athletes in Fort Valley State history to obtain All-American status in two sports (Football and Track and Field).   Poole is an inductee of the Division II Football Hall Of Fame and SIAC Conference Hall Of Fame.

Tyrone played 14 years in the National Football League and was a starter 12 of the 14.  Tyrone is a 2-time Super Bowl Champion: Super Bowl XXXVlll (38) and Super Bowl XXXlX (39).

Tyrone is the Author of “Ultimate Success In The Game Of Life” and the inventor of the “T38 Multi-Training Sled”.  He believes that, “All things are possible with God”.

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Rennie Curran

Professional Football Player

Rennie Curran is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, musician, and American football linebacker who is currently a free agent.

He began his career at Brookwood high school in Snellville, GA becoming the all-time leading tackler in Gwinnett County. He went on to excel as a three-time All-American at the University of Georgia. He was initially considered to be undersized according to various critics, but quickly silenced the doubts by exploding onto the field as a true freshman.

Rivals.com rated him as a four-star recruit and listed him as the No. 11 inside linebacker prospect in the nation. In 2007, Rivals.Com named him Freshman All-American. In 2008, he was labeled “The most dominant defensive player in the game” and nominated as a finalist for the Butkus Award along with many other awards. In 2009, he was nominated as a finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award, Bednarik Award and tabbed as “SEC’s Best Hitter”. Out of all the awards and accolades, his proudest accomplishment was being named as a permanent team captain.

He was selected in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans, spent some time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012, and joined the Edmonton Eskimos in 2013, racking up a whopping 70 tackles in the 2013 season.
All-American, “The most dominant defensive player”, Titan, Eskimo: All of these words can describe Curran’s legacy. However, his fans know him by another title––”the Liberian Dream.”

Curran bears the moniker both as a tattoo on his left bicep and as a personal motto. His parents emigrated from Liberia in the mid-80s and planted new roots in America. His mother earned a master’s degree in nursing from Emory University and became a certified diabetes educator while his father founded a shoe repair business. Curran grew up witnessing the sacrifices they made as they supported and sheltered family members and friends during a bloody thirteen-year civil war in their homeland. It was this compassion and selflessness that inspired Curran to stop at nothing to achieve his dreams and catalyze a change in the world.

Curran’s widely renowned athletic career has allowed him to give back to the Liberian community, supporting educational and social institutions. At the same time, he promotes goodwill and continues to build positive relationships by working with many non-profit organizations in the Atlanta Area including the Boys and Girls Club, MAP international, and the CETA Foundation.

Curran has also found success in other fields. He is a musician who grew up playing the piano, drums, and viola. He regularly travels as a motivational speaker, talking to many different organizations inspiring individuals to live life to the fullest. In April 2013, Curran published “Free Agent – The Perspectives of a Young African American Athlete.” This motivational self-help book discusses how to overcome the adversities and circumstances we all face along our journey to achieve our dreams in life.

Curran is both an athletic powerhouse and a determined individual whose prosperity continues to invigorate countless audiences. His drive both on and off the field is a testament to his continuous passion for life. When he’s not playing or practicing, Curran spends lots of time with his family, especially his daughter Eleana, passing on his wisdom and love to her.
Curran is a man of humility, integrity, and resilience. He truly is “The Liberian Dream.”

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Chuck Smith

Professional Football Player

The 2016 Southeast Emmy nominated TV Analyst Chuck Smith is one of the most recognizable Georgian’s in sports history. In 2017 he was chosen by the Atlanta Falcons as a Legend of the Dome. In 2014, Chuck received three of the highest honors a Georgia Citizen can achieve: Atlanta NCAACP Humanitarian Award Public Service Award by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, honored as a Georgia Legend.

He’s a member of his High School Alma Mata Clarke Central Wall of Fame, and a member of the Athens Hall of Fame, National Jr. College Hall of Fame attending NE Oklahoma. His willingness to do his best earned him a scholarship at the University of Tennessee, where in 2004 was honored as a Vol Legend.

Chuck was selected in the 2nd Round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. His favorite team as a kid. A 5x Pro Bowl Alternate, 3x NFL Defensive Player of the Week, he’s has been presented 35 game balls by Teammates & Coaches in his Atlanta Falcon career. Named All Pro in 1997.

When you think Chuck, think give back. Chuck is a member of Advisory Board of the Gwinnett County School System, Gwinnett Medical Center Concussion Advisory Board. The Gwinnett Medical Foundation Board. He is a Gwinnett Rotarian and Philanthropist supporting Charities and Causes throughout the State of Georgia, and around the World. Annual host of the Boys and Girls of Athens Annual Fundraiser “Steak & Steak Dinner” and was a Board Member of Capitol Campaign Drive in 2003. Summer 2013 kicked off Chucks Dream starting CFL “Champions for Life” Program in Clarke County with his corporate partners Peach State Federal Credit Union to teach kids the importance of Financial Literacy and Making healthy nutritional choices. He is on the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America, Gwinnett HOF selection committee, Athens Boys and Girls Club, and Hi-Hope Center (adults with disabilities), has completed 3-year term on Athletic Board at University of Tennessee. He was recently appointed to serve on the Rising Seniors Foundation Board helping kids reach their Football Dreams. He was named MVP Spokesman for the 4th year by the Dairy Farmers of America’s and NFL’s Fuel Up To Play 60 program. He’s done motivational speaking for Coca Cola, Rotary, University of Alabama, Red Cross, Elementary, Middle and High Schools, College & Pro teams, companies across Georgia. His willingness to give back have garnered such awards as Source Magazine community award, Bronner Brothers, Boys & Girls Club Award, Icon Award from Usher Raymond’s Camp New Look, Service of The City Award Frank Ski Kids Foundation.

Chuck started Defensiveline, Inc., a training, consulting, defensive line & pass rush development company in 2002 to help develop the next generation of dominant Front 7 Playmakers. The goal is MASTERING Front 7 Skills & Movement. Chuck developed and created “The VGHH System” of developing productive playmakers in the Front 7. The VGHH System is being used across the Football landscape.
Chuck has worked for Football University, Next Generation Youth Camps as a Lead Defensive Line/LB Coach & Instructor trained consulting High, Middle, Youth Parents, Football Players & Coaches across the United States.

Chuck is married to his wife Mynique of 15 years and have 3 children, Chuckie (13), Maddox (10). Giavani (21) attends Alabama A&M University. The Smith Family reside in Suwanee, Ga.

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Chuck Wiley

Professional Football Player

“Chuck” Wiley is a former American football played who played defensive end in the National Football League for seven seasons. He played for four teams: The Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings, and New York Giants. He played college football at Louisiana State University.

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DeMario Pressley

Professional Football Player

DeMario Pressley is a former American football defensive tackle. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at North Carolina State.
Pressley was also a member of the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, and Carolina Panthers.

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