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Gregory Robert Warren (born October 18, 1981) is a former American football long snapper. He was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at North Carolina.

Greg Warren
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Warren in 2007
No. 60
Position:Long snapper
Personal information
Born: (1981-10-18) October 18, 1981 (age 38)
Mount Olive, North Carolina
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school:Dudley (NC) Southern Wayne
College:North Carolina
Undrafted:2005
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:181
Player stats at NFL.com

Warren earned two Super Bowl rings with the Steelers in Super Bowl XL over the Seattle Seahawks and Super Bowl XLIII over the Arizona Cardinals.

Personal lifeEdit

Greg Warren attended Southern Wayne High School in Dudley, North Carolina. He was a four-year letterman in football, a three-year letterman in track & field, and a member of the National Honor Society. In football, he won All-Conference Honorable Mention honors as a senior; starting for two years at center and deep snapper. In track & field, he was a three-time All-Conference Honorable Mention honoree. Warren is married to his wife Ashley Keesee Warren.[1][2]

College careerEdit

Warren attended the University of North Carolina, where he started his college football career as a walk-on long snapper in 2000. Warren earned the starting positing in 2001, and continued as the starting long snapper for the team until his graduation after the 2004 season. While playing football at UNC, Warren: won the Peach Bowl as a freshman, was awarded a scholarship in 2003, and played in 49 consecutive games for the Tar Heels. Warren still holds the squat (500 lbs.), power clean (364 lbs.), and bench press (360 lbs.) records for specialists. Senior year, Warren served as team captain, and won the Athletic Director's Scholar-Athlete Award.[1][2]

Academically, Warren double majored in biology, and exercise & sports science. Prior to his NFL career, Warren had been pursuing a career in education, as evidenced by his tenure as a teaching assistant at East Chapel Hill High School.

Professional careerEdit

During his rookie season in 2005, Warren was used entirely as a long snapper, beating former Steelers center Mike Schneck for the job.[3][4]

A restricted free agent in the 2008 offseason, Warren signed a three-year, $2.3 million contract with the Steelers on March 25.[5]

Warren sustained a season ending knee injury in a game against the New York Giants on October 25, 2008. The importance of a competent long snapper became evident after Warren left the game: the substitute long snapper, James Harrison, sent a snap sailing over the punter's head and out the back of the end zone resulting in a safety. This tied the score and gave the Giants good field position on the ensuing kick resulting in the go ahead touchdown late in the game. He was placed on injured reserve later that week.[6]

On December 21, 2009, Warren was placed on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), officially ending his 2009 season in week 14.[7]

On October 23, 2016, Warren had his first career fumble recovery against the New England Patriots after Julian Edelman fumbled the ball while returning a punt from Jordan Berry.[8][9]

On February 2, 2017, Warren re-signed with the Steelers on a one-year contract.[10]

On May 18, 2017, Warren was released by the Steelers after 12 seasons due to a failed physical.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Person, Joseph (February 4, 2011). "FORT WORTH, Texas: Steelers' long snapper has UNC ties | North Carolina". NewsObserver.com. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Q&A With Pittsburgh's Greg Warren - University of North Carolina Tar Heels Official Athletic Site". Goheels.com. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "Post-Gazette.com". Nl.newsbank.com. September 11, 2005. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  4. ^ "Scout.com: Undrafted free agents signed". Pit.scout.com. April 25, 2005. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  5. ^ From local and wire dispatches (March 26, 2008). "NFL Notebook: Steelers sign Warren - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Post-gazette.com. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  6. ^ "Palmer: The long and short of long snapping". Tsn.ca. October 28, 2008. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  7. ^ Bouchette, Ed (December 21, 2009). "Two Steelers out for the season - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Post-gazette.com. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  8. ^ "Edelman: Fumbled Punt Return 'Just Terrible Ball Security'". CBS Boston. October 24, 2016. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  9. ^ Alex Kozora (October 23, 2016). "Stats Of The Weird: Steelers Vs Patriots". Steelers Depot. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  10. ^ Varley, Teresa (February 2, 2017). "Steelers re-sign Greg Warren". Steelers.com. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  11. ^ Varley, Teresa (May 18, 2017). "Steelers release Warren". Steelers.com.

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