John Greco

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John Greco
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Greco in the 2012 NFL season.
No. 77 Cleveland Browns
Position: Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-03-24) March 24, 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth: Ravenna, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school: Youngstown (OH) Boardman
College: Toledo
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 65
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× All-MAC (2005, 2006, 2007)
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Games played: 111
Games started: 70
Player stats at NFL.com

John Patrick Greco, Jr. (born March 24, 1985) is an American football guard for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected in the third round of the 2008 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams. He played college football at the University of Toledo.

Early years[edit]

Greco was named First-team All-Conference and Second-team All-region as a senior and was Second-team All-Conference as a junior at Boardman High School in Youngstown, Ohio.

College career[edit]

He was a three-time All-MAC honoree at left tackle. As a freshman, in 2004, he started at right tackle. In college, he allowed 6.5 sacks in two years. He started 36 games and recorded 275 knockdowns and 34 touchdown-resulting blocks during his three seasons at left tackle. In 2007, he started all 12 games for Toledo and earned First-team All-MAC for the third consecutive season and was a Third-team All-America by Rivals.com after allowing only three sacks on 411 pass plays. As a junior in 2006 he was the team co-captain started all 13 games at left tackle, earning First-team All-MAC honors. As a sophomore in 2005 Greco was First-team All-MAC in his first season at left tackle. He took over left tackle position after graduation of Nick Kaczur. He opened holes for an offense that ranked 13th in the nation in rushing (216.8 yards per game) and 10th in scoring (25.8 points per game). As a freshman in 2004 he started all 13 games at right tackle and earned the team's top freshman award. He redshirted as a true freshman in 2003.

Professional career[edit]

Greco was one of the strongest offensive linemen in the 2008 NFL Draft. He bench pressed 420 pounds and leg pressed 1,050 pounds.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4¾ in 305 lb 5.16 s 1.70 s 2.97 s 4.63 s 7.78 s 32 in 9 ft 0 in 30 reps 28
All from Toledo Pro Day, except Ht and Wt, which are from NFL Combine.

St. Louis Rams[edit]

Greco was selected 65th overall in the third round for the St. Louis Rams in the 2008 NFL Draft. On June 12, 2008, Greco signed a three-year, $1.794 million contract with the Rams, with the deal including a $644,000 signing bonus. He spent 2008 as a backup; due to injuries he started one game at the end of the 2008 NFL season.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

After three seasons in St. Louis, the Rams traded Greco to the Cleveland Browns for a conditional seventh round draft pick in the 2012 NFL draft on July 31, 2011.[1] Greco started 12 games in the 2012 season, after an injury to Jason Pinkston. He played very well, finishing among the highest ranked guards in the league for blocking percentage.

On July 23, 2013, Greco signed a five-year contract extension with the Browns, worth a maximum of $13 million with $3 million guaranteed.[2][3] On October 12, 2014, Greco played at center for the first time of his career after Alex Mack left due to a broken fibula.

Greco would miss the last two games of the 2015 season due to spraining one of his MCLs.[4]

In 2016, Greco started 12 games at right guard and center and didn't miss an offensive snap all season before sustaining a foot injury in Week 12 of the 2016 season and was placed on injured reserve on November 28, 2016.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sando, Mike (July 31, 2011). "Greco trade and overhauling Rams' front". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ Miniel, David. "Cleveland Browns sign Guard John Greco". SI.com. 
  3. ^ Sessler, Marc (July 23, 2013). "John Greco, Cleveland Browns agree to extension". NFL.com. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Browns guard John Greco done for season with knee injury". ESPN.com. December 21, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Browns claim OL Matt McCants; place OL John Greco on IR". ClevelandBrowns.com. November 28, 2016. 

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