Bryn Renner learned far more than he wanted to about dealing with adversity during his time as a prolific quarterback at North Carolina.
The Ravens reserve quarterback endured injuries, including a left non-throwing shoulder injury that required surgery to repair a detached labrum and fractured scapula during his senior year for the Tar Heels.
Renner played for three different head coaches for a program that dealt with an NCAA investigation, sanctions and the firing of coach Butch Davis in the aftermath of rule violations involving academics and sports agents.
That's why Renner is reflective, doesn't complain about the bumpy road his career took and is thoroughly enjoying his experience so far with the Ravens.
"I'm so happy to be here, and it's going great so far," Renner told The Baltimore Sun. "Everything I've been through made me stronger and better. It hasn't always been smooth or easy, but I wouldn't trade what's happened for anything because of what it's done for me mentally. This is a great time in my life to be here, learning so much."
Signed by the Ravens this offseason, Renner last played for the Arizona Rattlers in the Arena Football League after being cut by the Denver Broncos following training camp last summer.
During his time with two NFL teams, Renner has been able to ask questions and learn from quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco.
"I couldn't be any luckier than to be around guys like Joe and Peyton and pick their brains about the game and soak up the knowledge they have," Renner said. "This situation here in Baltimore is outstanding because I'm able to come to work every day and talk with Joe and Matt Schaub and [offensive coordinator] coach [Marc] Trestman. These guys are so smart and such great people. It's a blessing for me to be here."
A former blue-chip recruit from West Springfield, Va., who passed for 3,123 yards and 35 touchdowns as a high school senior, Renner was a SuperPrep All-American who started for North Carolina from 2011 to 2013.
As a sophomore, Renner passed for 2,769 yards and 23 touchdowns and had a 161.2 quarterback rating and as a junior passed for 3,356 yards, 28 touchdowns and only seven interceptions and was named honorable-mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference.
He also had ankle surgery during his time at North Carolina.
As a senior, Renner was on the Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien award watch lists before suffering the shoulder injury after seven games. He had passed for 1,765 yards and 10 touchdowns for the season at the time of the injury against North Carolina State.
"Life isn't fair, and I've learned that, but you deal with what you have to deal with," Renner said. "The injury I had, having my career end early that way, it's all made me stronger and taught me valuable lessons. I had a great run despite everything that happened."
Renner finished his college career with 8,221 yards, 64 touchdowns and 25 interceptions, ranking third in school history for passing yards, second in touchdown passes and first with a 66.5 completion percentage.
"That was a very tough thing to go through," Renner said. "It was very emotional and frustrating and hard on me, but I dealt with it. I played at a program where Butch Davis got fired right before the season. We went through a lot, but we always stuck together as players and did the best we could."
"I'm feeling good about how it's going," Renner said. "I'm doing everything I can to show the coaches what I can do when I'm out there on the field. I'm throwing the ball well and learning a lot about the offense from everyone. It's been a very positive experience so far.
"Hopefully, it works out and I'm able to stick with the Ravens. However long I'm with them, I want to do the things it takes to get better and soak up everything I can from everyone."