Morlon Greenwood

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Morlon Greenwood
No. 52, 56
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-07-17) July 17, 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth: Kingston, Jamaica
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
College: Syracuse
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 3 / Pick: 88
Debuted in 2001 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Tackles 682
Sacks 7.0
Forced fumbles 3
Stats at NFL.com

Morlon O'Neil Greenwood (born July 17, 1978 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a former NFL American football linebacker.

Early years[edit]

Greenwood attended Freeport High School and participated in both football and wrestling. At first, he was a wrestling athlete who had won the Empire State Games in the freestyle division as a sophomore and as a junior as well as the Greco-Roman division as a junior. An assistant wrestling coach Russ Cellan (who was also the head football coach) then convinced him to play football as a junior. As a senior, in football, he was an All-County and an All-State pick, while he won the state wrestling title in the 215 lb. class.

College career[edit]

Morlon Greenwood played collegiately at Syracuse University where he started 48 consecutive games at linebacker. As a redshirt freshman, he recorded 64 tackles and two quarterback sacks while being named to the Freshman All-American second team choice by The Sporting News. During his sophomore year, he made 55 tackles and 3 sacks. As a junior for the Orange, Greenwood collected 91 tackles along with one sack, which was against Michigan quarterback Tom Brady. Being named co-captain his senior year, he had a career high 98 tackles while being named to the 2000 All Big East First Team along with teammates Dwight Freeney and Will Allen. He graduated from Syracuse with a bachelor's degree in Health and Exercise Science.

Professional career[edit]

Greenwood was selected in the 2001 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He played four years with Miami including a 2004 season in which he recorded 108 tackles for the Dolphins. In 2005, as a free agent, he signed a five year contract with the Houston Texans which was worth $22.5 million and featured a $7 million signing bonus. His career with the Texans was highlighted by a 2007 season where he posted 118 tackles. In 2009, he had a brief period with the Oakland Raiders.

Player profile[edit]

Greenwood was known mainly for his superb level of strength and conditioning. During his pro day at Syracuse, he posted a 4.47 40 yard dash time, a 415-pound bench press, a 685-pound squat, and a 350-pound power clean. In addition, he was named a 2002 National Strength Coaches Association All American. He was also known for his awareness on the field, having 4 straight NFL seasons of over 100 tackles.

Personal life[edit]

Greenwood has 7 brothers and 4 sisters. Even though he equally loves and admires his parents (including his stepmother), he considers his father, Owen Greenwood, as the most influential person in his life and is very family orientated. Currently, he lives in Las Vegas, NV where he is pursuing an acting career. Morlon also helps to develop young athletes to reach their full potential within their sport through means of strength and conditioning drills as well as positive mentorship.

References[edit]

http://apssdraft.tripod.com/allproscouting/id18.html

http://phins.com/draft-01/Greenwood.html

http://cuse.com/news/2014/7/9/FB_0709143143.aspx#.U9f09JUg-dI

http://www.suathletics.com/sports/2002/1/1/bigeastselections.aspx

http://cuse.com/news/2000/11/29/honors.aspx?path=football