Steve Gregory (American football)
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Stephen C. Gregory (born January 8, 1983) is an American football coach and former safety in the National Football League (NFL), who is currently a defensive assistant coach for the Detroit Lions. He was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Syracuse. Gregory was also a member of the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.
Gregory at the Chargers' practice in August 2008.
|Born:||January 8, 1983|
Brooklyn, New York
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||200 lb (91 kg)|
(Staten Island, New York)
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
Gregory lived in Staten Island, New York for most of his youth. He was a Jets fan growing up. He attended St. Margaret Mary Parochial Elementary school grades 6-8 then attended Monsignor Farrell High School before transferring to Curtis High School. He played college football at Syracuse University.
San Diego ChargersEdit
The defender started his career as an undrafted free agent, and signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played for them until 2011. He started 31 of 85 games, recording 241 tackles, four interceptions and two sacks.
New England PatriotsEdit
On March 15, 2012, Gregory signed with the New England Patriots. On Thanksgiving Night—November 22, 2012—Gregory had a primary role in the Patriots' victory over his home-town team, the New York Jets. In the game, Gregory had an interception, 2 recovered fumbles (one leading to a touchdown, during the now infamous butt fumble play), 5 tackles, and 1 pass deflection. At the end of the game, on the national NBC broadcast, Gregory was awarded the traditional Thanksgiving award, along with teammates Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork.
Kansas City Chiefs and retirementEdit
Gregory was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs on July 31, 2014. Gregory announced his retirement from football on August 9, 2014. He cited the birth of his daughter with his wife Rosanne as giving him a new perspective on life, with plans to coach. He ended his career with 357 tackles, seven interceptions, 25 defensed passes, three sacks and two touchdowns, out of 111 NFL games. Among other plays, he was famous for recovering the ball in the butt fumble and returning it for a touchdown.
On June 4, 2015, the Syracuse athletic department announced Gregory would return to his alma mater as a Special Teams Quality Control coach. By that time, he had played 111 career games in the NFL, during which time he posted 357 tackles and seven interceptions as a defensive back for the Chargers and Patriots.
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- How New York Jets lost to Patriots in under 60 seconds Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com Retrieved 32 November 2012.
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- Chiefs sign DB Steve Gregory, waive LB Ben Johnson
- "Gregory Returns to Syracuse to Join Coaching Staff". cuse.com. June 4, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Steve Gregory". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved January 9, 2014.