|Date of birth:||November 10, 1957|
|Place of birth:||Detroit, Michigan|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight:||256 lb (116 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6|
|1980-1987||St. Louis Cardinals|
Career highlights and awards
First-team All-America 1979
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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.
He played high school football at the prestigious Cass Technical High School, graduating in 1976. He was planning to attend Michigan State University, but decided to follow several of his high school teammates to the University of Michigan. He played defensive tackle at Michigan. Greer was a 1979 All-America selection. He had 11 sacks his sophomore and junior year. 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.
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. 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. In 1983 he had 16 sacks, second in the National Football Conference, behind future Pro Football Hall of Famer Fred Dean. He had 4.5 sacks in the final game of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles. 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. 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.
He underwent knee surgery prior to the start of the 1986 season and was expected to miss the first six weeks of the season. However the extent of the injuries of his knee proved to be significant and missed the entire 1986 season. He developed early signs of rheumatoid arthritis in his good knee, ligament damage in his other knee and fluid in his ankle. 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. He was among the players who crossed the picket line during the 1987 NFL strike. That year he played in 10 games, starting nine of them and recorded six sacks. He retired at season's end.
- Larcom, Geoff (September 26, 1979). "Greer's Play Leads Blue Defence.". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
- "Lions Select Sims as No. 1". The Southeast Missourian (Associated Press). April 27, 1980. p. 21. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
- Perrin, Dan (September 6, 1979). "Schembecher Tradition: Greer Simpkins key Veteran Defense". The Michigan Daily. p. 6C. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
- "Greer Back to Practice". The Southeast Missourian (Associated Press). August 5, 1981. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
- "With Rookies Greer, Brown, Hanifan cites Line Improvement". The Southeast Missourian (Associated Press). December 17, 1980. p. 5. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
- "Greer decides to 'go for the gusto'.". The Southeast Missourian (Associated Press). August 16, 1987. p. 104. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
- "These Guys are No Sad Sacks". The Miami News. November 3, 1984. p. 24. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
- "Greer Becomes Mr. Consistent for Cardinals". The Southeast Missourian Bulletin Journal (UPI). August 25, 1985. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
- "Cardinals' Curtis Greer Undergoes Knee Surgery". The Gainesville Sun (Associated Press). August 20, 1986. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
- Thurston, Scott (October 1, 1987). "NFL Gains 15 Regulars, Danny White To Play". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 7 May 2014.