Shonn Greene (born August 21, 1985) is a former American football running back. He played college football for the University of Iowa, and was recognized as a unanimous All-American. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Greene also played for the Tennessee Titans.

Shonn Greene
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Greene with the Jets in 2011
No. 23
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1985-08-21) August 21, 1985 (age 34)
Sicklerville, New Jersey
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school:Atco (NJ) Winslow Township
College:Iowa
NFL Draft:2009 / Round: 3 / Pick: 65
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:993
Rushing yards:4,110
Receptions:72
Receiving yards:534
Total touchdowns:24
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

Greene was born in the Sicklerville section of Winslow Township, New Jersey. He attended Winslow Township High School in Atco, New Jersey, and played for the Winslow Eagles high school football team as the starting running back and linebacker for the Eagles during his junior and senior years. In his junior year, Greene rushed for 1,267 yards and 18 touchdowns in 221 attempts earning first team all-conference, all-South Jersey, and all-state honors. He followed that with 1,378 yards and 16 touchdowns on 172 attempts as a senior earning first team all-conference and second team all-state. Greene also recorded 191 career tackles and one interception on defense.[1]

College careerEdit

Greene attended the University of Iowa, where he played for coach Kirk Ferentz's Iowa Hawkeyes football team. He missed the entire 2007 season when he left the University due to academic deficiencies. He enrolled at Kirkwood Community College, improved his grades, and returned to the University in 2008.[2] Greene had a breakout season in 2008, winning the Doak Walker Award given to the nation's outstanding collegiate running back (the first Iowa player to win the award), and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American. He finished the season with 1850 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns;[3] after the Hawkeyes won the 2009 Outback Bowl on January 1, 2009 in Tampa Bay, Florida (in which Greene would run for 129 yards and two touchdowns), Greene announced he would enter the 2009 NFL Draft. Greene was the only player that year to rush for over 100 yards in every game.[4] On October 23, 2010, Greene was named honorary captain for Iowa's game against Wisconsin.[5]

Awards and honorsEdit

  • 2008 unanimous first-team All-American by SI.com[6] AFCA-Coaches,[7] FWAA-Writers,[8] Walter Camp,[9] CBS Sports,[10] and Rivals.com[11]
  • Only FBS running back to rush for over 100 yards in every game in 2008
  • Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2008
  • 2009 Outback Bowl Most Valuable Player

StatisticsEdit

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving
Att Yards Avg TD Rec Yards Avg TD
2005 Iowa 11 37 173 4.7 1 0 0 0 0
2006 Iowa 10 32 205 6.4 1 3 23 7.7 0
2007 Did not play
2008 Iowa 13 307 1,850 6.0 20 8 49 6.1 0
Career 34 376 2,228 5.9 22 11 72 6.5 0

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draftEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 11 in
(1.80 m)
227 lb
(103 kg)
4.62 s 1.55 s 2.63 s 4.40 s 7.10 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
19 reps
Source: NFL Draft Scout.com

New York Jets (2009–2012)Edit

2009 seasonEdit

On April 26, 2009 the New York Jets traded up 12 spots to select Greene in the third round (65th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. On August 30 Greene made an appearance in the Jets preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. He rushed twice for six yards as well as catching an 85-yard pass before leaving due to an undisclosed rib injury. Greene made his regular season debut after a season-ending injury of Leon Washington during week 7 against the Oakland Raiders. During the game against the Raiders, Greene ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-0 victory. On December 27, 2009, Greene carried the ball 16 times for 95 yards in a win against the Indianapolis Colts. On January 9, 2010, Greene ran for 135 yards and a touchdown in a 24-14 playoff win against the Cincinnati Bengals. His best performance of the season came against the San Diego Chargers in the divisional round of the playoffs. Greene carried the ball 23 times and rushed for 128 yards. He scored a 53-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, as the Jets reached their first AFC Championship game since 1998.[12] The Jets would play the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Jets had the lead at halftime 17-13. In the beginning of the 3rd quarter Greene injured his ribs and missed the rest of the game. He would finish the game with 41 rushing yards as the Jets would lose 30-17.[13] Greene finished the 2009 season by playing in 14 games with 108 attempts for 540 yards and 2 touchdowns.

2010 seasonEdit

In the 2010 offseason, the Jets did not resign running back Thomas Jones and signed instead LaDainian Tomlinson to be their starter and Greene to be the back-up.[14] Shonn Greene got his first rushing touchdown of the 2010 season in a 29-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Greene finished the game with 57 yards on 10 attempts.[15] On December 26, 2010 Greene ran for 70 yards on 12 attempts and 1 touchdown in loss to the Chicago Bears 38-34.[16] Greene also rushed for 76 yard on 17 attempts and scored the game-closing touchdown against the Patriots in a playoff game.

2011 seasonEdit

On June 5, 2011, Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer announced that Greene would be the starting running back in the 2011 season, with LaDainian Tomlinson taking a 3rd down role.[17]

In his first career start, Greene rushed for 26 yards on 10 carries in a win over the Dallas Cowboys. Greene got his first touchdown of the year in a Week 2 matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars while adding 49 yards in 16 carries. In a Week 5 loss to the New England Patriots, Greene had 83 yards in 21 carries while getting a touchdown. Even though Greene could not follow up the same performance the next week, He had 74 yards in 21 carries in a victory over the Miami Dolphins. In a Week 7 victory over the San Diego Chargers, Greene had 112 yards in 20 carries. Greene ended the year with 1,054 yards in 253 carries with 6 touchdowns. Greene also carried the load for the Jets while playing the Redskins by rushing 88 yards and 3 touchdowns. That next week he had 129 yards rushing and 1 touchdown over the Chiefs.

2012 seasonEdit

 
Greene running against the Rams in 2012

In 2012, against the Indianapolis Colts, Greene ran for a career-high 161 yards, along with three touchdowns, as the Jets defeated the Colts 35-9.[18] On the season, Greene rushed for 1,063 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Tennessee Titans (2013–2014)Edit

2013 seasonEdit

On March 13, 2013, Greene signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Tennessee Titans.[19] On August 8 of a pre-season game Greene rushed for 32 yards on 5 carries and a 19-yard touchdown run in his Titans debut facing the Washington Redskins. Greene also caught the ball for a 13-yard play. In the season opener against the Steelers, Greene rushed for 18 yards on 4 carries before injuring his knee that sidelined him for 5 weeks. 7 weeks later Greene rushed for 38 yards and a Touchdown on 9 carries winning against the Rams. He also had a 28-yard catch and run. During Week 14 of the NFL season, Greene rushed for 46 yards and two touchdowns on 9 carries, which included a 28-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The Titans would ultimately lose the game to the Broncos by a score of 51-28. Greene finished the 2013 season with 295 yards and 4 touchdowns.

2014 seasonEdit

In Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season, Greene rushed for 71 yards on 15 carries in a win against the Chiefs. Greene played his former team, the New York Jets, later that year and rushed for 50 yards on 15 carries in a loss. In the final game of the season, against the Indianapolis Colts, Greene had his best game of the season, rushing for a career long of 52 yards on a 4th and 1 play. Greene finished the game with 94 yards on 11 carries.

On June 16, 2015, Greene was released from the Titans.[20]

Career statisticsEdit

Season Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2009 NYJ 14 0 108 540 5.0 33T 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 3 3
2010 NYJ 15 2 185 766 4.1 23T 2 16 120 7.5 15 0 3 2
2011 NYJ 16 15 253 1,054 4.2 31 6 30 211 7.0 36 0 1 0
2012 NYJ 16 14 276 1,063 3.9 36 8 19 151 7.9 30 0 4 1
2013 TEN 11 0 77 295 3.8 29 4 6 39 6.5 28 0 0 0
2014 TEN 13 5 94 392 4.2 52 2 1 13 13.0 13 0 1 1
Total 85 36 993 4,110 4.1 52 24 72 534 7.4 36 0 12 7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "University of Iowa Official Athletic Site". Hawkeye Sports. August 21, 1985. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  2. ^ "Greene Tells KCCI He's Leaving For NFL". KCCI Des Moines. January 1, 2009. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  3. ^ "Shonn Greene College Football Profile". Rivals.com. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  4. ^ Iowa Running Back Shonn Greene to Enter NFL Draft SI.com, January 1, 2009
  5. ^ Greene thankful for his UI experience Hawkeye Sports, October 23, 2010
  6. ^ "SI.com's 2008 All-Americans". CNN. December 16, 2008. Archived from the original on August 24, 2009. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
  7. ^ "Texas Tech's Harrell Headlines 2008 AFCA Coaches' All-America Team". Archived from the original on December 17, 2008.
  8. ^ "FWAA NAMES 2008 ALL-AMERICA TEAM".
  9. ^ "2008 Walter Camp All-American Team Announced". Archived from the original on December 14, 2008.
  10. ^ "CBSSports.com 2008 All-America Team". Archived from the original on December 15, 2008.
  11. ^ "Rivals.com 2008 All-America Teams". Archived from the original on December 11, 2008.
  12. ^ "New York Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts - Box Score". ESPN. December 27, 2009. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  13. ^ "Colts make up 11-point deficit to push aside Jets on way to fourth Super Bowl". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  14. ^ "Tomlinson signs with Jets". ESPN.com. ESPN.
  15. ^ Matueszwski, Erik (October 12, 2010). "Jets beat Vikings,Farve 29-20 with late Interception, improve to 4-1". bloomberg.com. Bloomberg L.P.
  16. ^ "Bears beat Jets 38-34". Suntimes.com. Chicago sun.
  17. ^ "Schottenheimer: Greene will be main man in Jets' backfield". National Football League. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  18. ^ "Shonn Greene scores 3 touchdowns as the New York Jets blow out the Indianapolis Colts". Fox Sports. October 14, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  19. ^ "NFL free agency: Titans to sign Shonn Greene". SBNation.com. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  20. ^ Patra, Kevin (June 16, 2015). "Tennessee Titans release Shonn Greene". NFL.com. Retrieved June 16, 2015.

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