Curtis Greer

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Curtis Greer
Date of birth: (1957-11-10) November 10, 1957 (age 56)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Career information
Position(s): Defensive end
Height: 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight: 256 lb (116 kg)
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
As player:
1980-1987 St. Louis Cardinals
Career highlights and awards

First-team All-America 1979

Second-team All-NFC (1984)
Career stats
Playing stats at

Curtis Greer (born November 10, 1957 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round (6th overall) of the 1980 NFL Draft. A 6'4", 256 lbs. defensive end from the University of Michigan, Greer played in seven seasons in the National Football League from 1980 to 1985 and 1987 for the Cardinals.

He was a top pass rusher in the early 1980s before his career was curtailed by knee problems, missing an entire year in 1986.

College career[edit]

He played high school football at the prestigious Cass Technical High School, graduating in 1976.[1] He was planning to attend Michigan State University, but decided to follow several of his high school teammates to the University of Michigan.[1] He played defensive tackle at Michigan.[2] Greer was a 1979 All-America selection.[3] He had 11 sacks his sophomore and junior year.[1] He set a Michigan record for tackles-for-a-loss in a season (21) and career (48). He was a two-time First-team All-Big Ten Conference selection (1978–79) and helped lead the Wolverines to three conference championships and four bowl games.

NFL career[edit]

He was the first pick from the Cardinals in the 1980 NFL Draft. He missed a few games in his rookie season after suffering a concussion and ended the season in injured reserve after breaking his thumb in lost against the Philadelphia Eagles.[4][5] He recorded 30 sacks in 1983–84 and 37.5 in a 41-game stretch of the strike-shortened 1982 season and from 1983 to 1985, whose total was the second best in the National Football League for that period, behind Dexter Manley of the Washington Redskins.[6] In 1983 he had 16 sacks, second in the National Football Conference, behind future Pro Football Hall of Famer Fred Dean.[7] He had 4.5 sacks in the final game of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles.[7] In 1984 Greer was named a second-team All-NFC selection by UPI and finished third in the league with 14 sacks while starting in 52 consecutive games.[8] He played the final five games of the 1985 season with swelling in his right knee, and lead his team in sacks the first six years in the league.[6][8]

He underwent knee surgery prior to the start of the 1986 season and was expected to miss the first six weeks of the season.[9] However the extent of the injuries of his knee proved to be significant and missed the entire 1986 season.[6] He developed early signs of rheumatoid arthritis in his good knee, ligament damage in his other knee and fluid in his ankle.[6] He was expected to retire by the Cardinals staff prior to the start of the 1987 season, but he decided to return for a final year, despite doctors warnings about his knee.[6] He was among the players who crossed the picket line during the 1987 NFL strike.[10] That year he played in 10 games, starting nine of them and recorded six sacks. He retired at season's end.


  1. ^ a b c Larcom, Geoff (September 26, 1979). "Greer's Play Leads Blue Defence.". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lions Select Sims as No. 1". The Southeast Missourian (Associated Press). April 27, 1980. p. 21. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Perrin, Dan (September 6, 1979). "Schembecher Tradition: Greer Simpkins key Veteran Defense". The Michigan Daily. p. 6C. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Greer Back to Practice". The Southeast Missourian (Associated Press). August 5, 1981. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "With Rookies Greer, Brown, Hanifan cites Line Improvement". The Southeast Missourian (Associated Press). December 17, 1980. p. 5. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Greer decides to 'go for the gusto'.". The Southeast Missourian (Associated Press). August 16, 1987. p. 104. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "These Guys are No Sad Sacks". The Miami News. November 3, 1984. p. 24. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Greer Becomes Mr. Consistent for Cardinals". The Southeast Missourian Bulletin Journal (UPI). August 25, 1985. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Cardinals' Curtis Greer Undergoes Knee Surgery". The Gainesville Sun (Associated Press). August 20, 1986. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Thurston, Scott (October 1, 1987). "NFL Gains 15 Regulars, Danny White To Play". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 7 May 2014.