Greer returns an interception during the Saints' NFC Wild Card game on January 8, 2011.
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|Date of birth:February 11, 1982|
|Place of birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin|
|High school: Jackson (TN) South Side|
|Undrafted in 2004|
|Debuted in 2004 for the Buffalo Bills|
|Last played in 2013 for the New Orleans Saints|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Jabari Amin Greer (born February 11, 1982) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2004 and also played for the New Orleans Saints. He played college football at Tennessee.
Greer was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and moved to Texas at age seven. He attended South Side High School in Jackson, Tennessee. At South Side, Greer was an all state selection in both football and track. He won seven individual state track championships.
During his college career at Tennessee, Greer participated in track and field as well as football. He broke the 110m hurdles school record that had previously been held by Collin Henderson. Greer was a three-year starter at cornerback and broke a school record by playing in 51 games. Greer graduated from Tennessee in 2004 with a degree in psychology.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 10 in||178 lb||311⁄8 in||87⁄8 in||4.45 s||1.56 s||2.62 s||361⁄2 in||10 ft 6 in||7 reps|
|All values were from NFL Scouting Combine. See also scouting report.|
NFL Draft Scout predicted Greer to be a fourth or fifth round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, but Greer was not selected. Greer's scouting report noted that Greer lacked size, a factor that might pose "problems in handling the larger receivers." The Buffalo Bills signed Greer on April 26, 2004 as an undrafted free agent. Since then, he has mostly played as a nickelback or dimeback and on special teams. In 2008, he started the first 10 games of the season, before suffering an injury.
New Orleans Saints
On March 4, 2009, Greer signed a four-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. Greer became a starter for the Saints and returned an interception for a touchdown in a Monday Night Football game against the Atlanta Falcons. Greer was injured on November 8, 2009, and missed most of the rest of the Saints' 2009 regular season, but returned in time to play a significant role in the playoffs.
After the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV, Greer's hometown, Jackson, Tennessee, honored him with a celebration at South Side High School on March 5, 2010, called "Jabari Greer Day", and awarded him the key to the city.
On February 12, 2014, three months after tearing his left ACL against the 49ers, Greer was cut by the New Orleans Saints to create more cap space for the team.
Greer became a single father at the age of 21 and now has four children in all (including two with his wife Katrina). He has established a non-profit foundation, the Greer Campaign, focused on programs to assist both single and married fathers in developing their parenting skills.
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- Nakia Hogan, "The return of cornerbacks Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter gives the New Orleans Saints' defense a whole new look", Times-Picayune, January 13, 2010.
- "New Orleans Saints part ways with Jabari Greer, Roman Harper, Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma", NewOrleansSaints.com, February 12, 2014.
- "Jabari Greer announces retirement", ESPN.com, September 11, 2014.
- Stacey Plainsance, "Celebration of fathers a crusade for Saints player", Associated Press in Knoxville News Sentinel, June 14, 2012.
- Garrett Galuszka, "Greer Campaign launches fatherhood program after success of Run Jackson", Times-Picayune, July 9, 2012.
- Jordan Buie, "Dads question best path of fatherhood: Greer Campaign provides answers for local fathers trying to improve", The Jackson Sun, August 15, 2012.
- New Orleans Saints team biography
- Buffalo Bills team biography (2007)
- Buffalo Bills team biography (2004-2006)
- Tennessee Volunteers football biography
- Tennessee Volunteers track and field biography