Khaseem Greene

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Khaseem Greene
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Greene with the Chicago Bears in 2014
No. -- Free agent
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-02-04) February 4, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 241 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Elizabeth (NJ)
College: Rutgers
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 4 / Pick: 117
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Total tackles: 45
Sacks: 0
Forced fumbles: 1
Interceptions: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Khaseem Greene (born February 4, 1989) is an American football linebacker who currently is on the Detroit Lions practice squad. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Rutgers.

Early years[edit]

Greene was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He attended Elizabeth High School, where he played high school football for the Elizabeth Minutemen. He also had a post grad year at Avon Old Farms school in Avon Connecticut where he was a standout in basketball, football and track. During his time at Avon Old Farms he was part of the school's first ever New England track championship along with current New York Giants running back Michael Cox.

College career[edit]

While attending Rutgers University, Greene played for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team from 2008 to 2012. As a junior in 2011, he switched from safety to weakside linebacker. He led the Big East Conference with 141 tackles, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. As a senior in 2012, Greene recorded 136 tackles and six sacks with two interceptions, six forced fumbles and two touchdowns via fumble recoveries,[1] and was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-American by ESPN.[2][3][4] Greene's 15 career forced fumbles is an NCAA record.[5]

Professional career[edit]

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 241 lb 32 5/8 in 9 5/8 in 4.71 s 11.87 s 7.58 s 30.0 in 9 ft 8 in 17 reps
All values from NFL Scouting Combine[6]

Greene was drafted in the fourth round (117th pick overall) by the Chicago Bears, the second linebacker taken by the team.[5] Greene signed a four-year contract with the Bears on May 2, 2013. Greene signed a four-year, $2.592 million contract. The deal included a $432,092 signing bonus. Greene will earn in 2013: $405,000, 2014: $495,000, 2015: $585,000, 2016: $675,000.[7]

Chicago Bears[edit]

Greene made his NFL debut in week nine against the Green Bay Packers in place of the injured Lance Briggs, recording four tackles.[8] Greene concluded 2013 with 38.5 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.[9] In March 2014, Greene tweeted that he will change his number from #59 to #52, in honor of Rutgers teammate Eric LeGrand.[10] On May 11, 2015, he was waived by the Bears.[11]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Greene was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on May 12, 2015. He was released by the Buccaneers on September 4, 2015.[12]

Detroit Lions[edit]

On November 18, 2015, Greene was signed to the Lions' practice squad.[13] On January 4, 2016, Greene signed a futures contract with the Detroit Lions.[14] On September 3, 2016, he was waived by the Lions.[15]

Personal[edit]

Greene's half-brother, Ray Graham, is a running back who played college football for the Pittsburgh Panthers and who has played in the NFL. Their father is Raymond Graham.[16] Greene has a daughter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mayer, Larry (2013-04-27). "Being drafted by Bears enables Greene to achieve dream". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  2. ^ Rutgers' Khaseem Greene named Big East Defensive Player of the Year
  3. ^ Khaseem Greene Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
  4. ^ Khaseem Greene Named AT&T ESPN All-American
  5. ^ a b Associated Press (2013-04-27). "Bears select linebacker Greene, offensive tackle Mills on draft's last day". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  6. ^ "Khaseem Greene Draft Profile". National Football League. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  7. ^ "Bears sign rookies LB Greene, WR Wilson". Yahoo! Sports. 2013-05-02. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  8. ^ Potash, Mark (2013-11-05). "Khaseem Greene delivers while replacing Lance Briggs". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  9. ^ Mayer, Larry (2014-01-29). "Linebacker position hurt by injuries". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  10. ^ Duggan, Dan (2014-03-17). "Bears LB Khaseem Greene to switch to No. 52 in honor of former Rutgers teammate Eric LeGrand". New Jersey On-Line. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  11. ^ Wiederer, Dan (May 11, 2015). "Bears waive linebacker Khaseem Greene". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  12. ^ Sheade, Blair (September 4, 2015). "Former Bears linebacker Khaseem Greene cut by Tampa Bay". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Transactions". Detroit Lions. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Lions sign 5 practice squad players to contracts". Detroit News. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 
  15. ^ "Lions establish 53-man roster". DetroitLions.com. 
  16. ^ Stanmyre, Matthew (October 6, 2012). "For Khaseem Greene's dad, a real treat, as he finally gets to attend son's game". NJ.com. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 

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