Shonn Greene

ESPNDB Research | Created: Sunday, March 15, 2009 | Updated: January 25, 12:21 PM ET
TeamTennessee Titans
PositionRunning Back
Birth DateAugust 21, 1985 (age 30)
HometownSicklerville, NJ
Weight233 lbs.
College CoachKirk Ferentz
High SchoolWinslow Township
Atco, NJ, USA
DraftedNYJ, 3rd Round, 65th Overall
Shonn Greene is a running back for the New York Jets. Greene played college football at the University of Iowa, and was the 2008 winner of the Doak Walker Award as the best running back in the nation. After leading Iowa to a win in the 2009 Outback Bowl, Greene chose to forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the 2009 NFL Draft, where the Jets selected him in the third round. Greene is 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighs 230 pounds.
Prep Career
Greene didn't qualify academically out of high school in Sicklerville, NJ, so he attended prep school at Milford Academy for a year. He rushed for 1,274 yards during his one season at Milford, after running for 1,378 yards and 16 touchdowns as a high school senior.
Greene saw limited action during his first two seasons at Iowa, totaling 378 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He had 116 yards and a touchdown in his first career game against Ball State, but then carried the ball in just eight of the next 24 games.
Greene's academic struggles continued, forcing him to withdraw from Iowa and attend Kirkwood Community College during 2007. During that time he worked at a furniture store to pay for his tuition. After the 2007-08 school year, he returned to Iowa and became the Hawkeyes starting running back.
Entering the 2008 season, Greene wasn't on the watch lists for most national awards, but he quickly garnered national attention, becoming the only bowl subdivision running back to rush for at least 100 yards in every game. He finished the season with 1,850 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns, both of which were Iowa single-season records. Greene was a consensus first team All-America selection and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. He beat out Knowshon Moreno in the voting for the 2008 Doak Walker Award as the best running back in the nation. Greene was the first Iowa player to win the Award, and the first Big Ten running back since Chris Perry of Michigan in 2003. Shonn Greene finished the season by running for 121 yards and three touchdowns in Iowa's win over South Carolina in the Outback Bowl. He was named the game's MVP.
NFL Career
Greene was selected in the third round (65th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. Before the 2009 season, Greene signed a 4-year/$2.655M contract with the Jets. Greene missed the first two games of the 2009 season with a rib injury he suffered in the preseason. After an injury to Leon Washington, Greene moved up the depth chart, serving as Thomas Jones's primary backup. In Week 7 against the Raiders, he rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns. The 144 yards were the third-most in a game by a Jets rookie, behind a pair of games by Matt Snell in 1964. He finished the regular season with 540 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Greene broke out in the playoffs, rushing for 135 yards in the Wild Card round against the Bengals and 128 yards in the Divisional round against the Chargers. In the 2009 AFC Championship game, Greene rushed for 41 yards before leaving in the second half due to a rib injury.
Research Notes
Greene's Big Season
Iowa RB Shonn Greene set a school record for rushing yards (1,729) and won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's best running back. He is the only player in the FBS to rush for 100+ yards in every game this season.
Greene Sets Iowa Mark
Most Rushing Yards in a Season
Iowa History
'08 Shonn Greene 1,850
'97 Tavian Banks 1,691
'95 Sedrick Shaw 1,477
Another Walker Winner From Big Ten
Walker Award Winners
From Big Ten Schools
Year Player School
2008 Shonn Greene Iowa
2003 Chris Perry Michigan
2002 Larry Johnson Penn State
1999 Ron Dayne Wisconsin
1995 Eddie George Ohio State
Greene Wins Walker Award
Walker Award Winners
Last 5 Years
Year Player School
2008 Shonn Greene Iowa
2007 Darren McFadden Arkansas
2006 Darren McFadden Arkansas
2005 Reggie Bush USC
2004 Cedric Benson Texas
Greene Keeps Hitting 100
Iowa's Shonn Greene ranks 3rd nationally in rushing and has surpassed the 100-yard mark in all 9 games this season. He is the only player in FBS this season to rush for 100+ yards in every game.
Most 100-Yard Rushing Games This Season
Shonn Greene, Iowa 9
Donald Brown, UConn 8
Kendall Hunter, Ok St. 7
2008 Rushing Touchdown Leaders
Most Rushing Touchdowns
FBS, 2008 Season
Player School Rush TD
Javon Ringer Michigan State 22
MiQuale Lewis Ball State 22
LeSean McCoy Pittsburgh 21
Shonn Greene Iowa 20
Chris Brown Oklahoma 20