Greg Warren (American football)

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Greg Warren
Greg Warren Steelers.jpg
Greg Warren in 2007
No. 60     Pittsburgh Steelers
Long snapper/Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-10-18) October 18, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth: Mount Olive, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school: Dudley (NC) Southern Wayne
College: North Carolina
Undrafted in 2005
Debuted in 2005 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Games played 133
Games started 0
Stats at NFL.com

Gregory Robert Warren (born October 18, 1981) is an American football long snapper for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at North Carolina.

Warren earned two Super Bowl rings with the Steelers in Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII.

Personal life[edit]

Greg Warren attended Southern Wayne High School in Dudley, North Carolina. He was a four-year letterman in football, a three-year letterman in track & field, and a member of the National Honor Society. In football, he won All-Conference Honorable Mention honors as a senior; starting for two years at center and deep snapper. In track & field, he was a three-time All-Conference Honorable Mention honoree. Warren is married to his wife Ashley Keesee Warren.[1][2]

College career[edit]

Warren attended the University of North Carolina, where he started his college football career as a walk-on long snapper in 2000. Warren earned the starting positing in 2001, and continued as the starting long snapper for the team until his graduation after the 2004 season. While playing football at UNC, Warren: won the Peach Bowl as a freshman, was awarded a scholarship in 2003, and played in 49 consecutive games for the Tar Heels. Warren still holds the squat (500 lbs.), power clean (364 lbs.), and bench press (360 lbs.) records for specialists. Senior year, Warren served as team captain, and won the Athletic Director's Scholar-Athlete Award.[1][2]

Academically, Warren double majored in biology, and exercise & sports science. Prior to his NFL career, Warren had been pursuing a career in education, as evidenced by his tenure as a teaching assistant at East Chapel Hill High School.

Professional career[edit]

During his rookie season in 2005, Warren was used entirely as a long snapper, beating former Steelers center Mike Schneck for the job.[3][4]

A restricted free agent in the 2008 offseason, Warren signed a three-year, $2.3 million contract with the Steelers on March 25.[5]

Warren sustained a season ending knee injury in a game against the New York Giants on October 25, 2008. The importance of a competent long snapper became evident after Warren left the game: the substitute long snapper, James Harrison, sent a snap sailing over the punter's head and out the back of the end zone resulting in a safety. This tied the score and gave the Giants good field position on the ensuing kick resulting in the go ahead touchdown late in the game. He was placed on injured reserve later that week.[6]

On December 21, 2009, Warren was placed on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), officially ending his 2009 season in week 14.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Person, Joseph (2011-02-04). "FORT WORTH, Texas: Steelers' long snapper has UNC ties | North Carolina". NewsObserver.com. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Q&A With Pittsburgh's Greg Warren - University of North Carolina Tar Heels Official Athletic Site". Goheels.com. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  3. ^ "Post-Gazette.com". Nl.newsbank.com. 2005-09-11. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  4. ^ "Scout.com: Undrafted free agents signed". Pit.scout.com. 2005-04-25. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  5. ^ From local and wire dispatches (2008-03-26). "NFL Notebook: Steelers sign Warren - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Post-gazette.com. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  6. ^ "Palmer: The long and short of long snapping". Tsn.ca. 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  7. ^ Bouchette, Ed (2009-12-21). "Two Steelers out for the season - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Post-gazette.com. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 

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