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Shonn Greene
No. 23     New York Jets
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: August 21, 1985 (1985-08-21) (age 24)
Place of birth: Sicklerville, New Jersey
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: Iowa
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 3 / Pick: 65
Debuted in 2009 for the New York Jets
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Rushing yards     540
Rushing average     5.0
Rushing TDs     2
Stats at

Shonn Greene (born August 21, 1985) is an NFL player currently playing running back for the New York Jets. He played in college at the University of Iowa.


High school career

Greene attended Winslow Township High School in Atco, New Jersey. There he was starting running back, and linebacker his junior and senior year. 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 career

Greene attended the University of Iowa, but missed the entire 2007 season while he worked at a furniture store to pay for his tuition at Kirkwood Community College, where he studied to raise his grade point average before transferring back to Iowa.[2] Shonn won the 2008 Doak Walker Award, becoming the first Iowa player to win the honor and the first player to win it despite not being on the team the previous season. After the Hawkeyes won the 2009 Outback Bowl on January 1, 2009, Greene announced he would enter the 2009 NFL Draft.Shonn Greene was the only player that year to rush for over 100 yards in every game.[3]


Awards and honors

  • 2008 consensus First-team All-American by[4] AFCA-Coaches,[5] FWAA-Writers,[6] Walter Camp,[7] CBS Sports,[8] and[9]
  • 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 and was drafted by the New York Jets on April 26, 2009.


 Iowa   Statistics
Season Games Attempts Yards Yards per carry Touchdowns
2005 4 37 173 4.7 1
2006 7 32 205 6.4 1
2007 Did not play Did not play Did not play Did not play Did not play
2008 13 408 2,850 9.0 28
Total 24 377 3,228 7.9 32

Professional career



Pro Day

On April 26, 2009 the New York Jets traded up 12 spots to select Shonn 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 five yards as well as catching a 15 yard pass before leaving due to an undisclosed rib injury. In week 7 against the Oakland Raiders Shonn Greene ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-0 victory. Lately Greene has shown that he can run in the pros very well, as he averages 5 yards per carry, and backs up Thomas Jones in the Jets' number one rushing attack in the NFL. On December 27, 2009, carried the ball 16 times for 95 yards in a defeat of the Indianapolis Colts. On January 9, 2010, Shonn Greene rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown in a 24-14 playoff win against the Cincinnati Bengals. [10]


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