Morlon Greenwood

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Morlon Greenwood
No. 52, 56
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-07-17) July 17, 1978 (age 38)
Place of birth: Kingston, Jamaica
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 241 lb (109 kg)
Career information
College: Syracuse
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 3 / Pick: 88
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 682
Sacks: 7.0
Forced fumbles: 3
Player stats at

Morlon O'Neil Greenwood (born July 17, 1978) is a former 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]

Greenwood played collegiate at Syracuse University where he started 48 consecutive games at linebacker. As a red shirt 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. 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.Morlon Greenwood, a graduate of Freeport High School, was inducted in the inaugural Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame. The class of 6 included notable athletes from Nassau County on Long Island such as Jay Fielder of the Miami Dolphins and fellow Syracuse alum and NFL Hall of famer Jim Brown. The induction ceremony took on September 30, 2015 in Long Island NY.

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.