Greg Briggs

Greg Briggs
No. 43, 54
Position: Safety / Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-10-19) October 19, 1968
Place of birth: Meadville, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school: Meadville (MS) Franklin
College: Texas Southern
NFL Draft: 1992 / Round: 5 / Pick: 120
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
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Player stats at PFR

Greg Briggs (born October 19, 1968) is a former American football safety who played six seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings.[1] He first enrolled at Copiah-Lincoln Community College before transferring to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Texas Southern University. Briggs attended Franklin High School in Meadville, Mississippi. He was also a member of the Cleveland Browns, Frankfurt Galaxy and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He won two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.[2]

Early years

Briggs started playing organized football until his third year of college. He initially attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College on a basketball scholarship and decided to try out for the football team in his third year there. The next season he received a scholarship from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff but didn’t play much.

He walked on at Texas Southern University where the coach said he’d have to sleep on the floor because he didn’t have an extra dorm room available. He was a teammate of Michael Strahan and became a starter at strong safety after the fourth game of the season. He received All-SWAC honors after making 42 tackles as a senior.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Briggs was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round (120th) of the 1992 NFL Draft, after impressing in the NFL Combine. He was converted into a linebacker, before being placed on the injured reserve list, the same season the team won Super Bowl XXVII.[2]

Cleveland Browns

On December 15, 1993, he was signed to the Cleveland Browns practice squad.[3] He was waived on July 21, 1994.[4]

Frankfurt Galaxy

After being out of football for a year, he played for the Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League of American Football in 1995, where he led his team in tackles and won World Bowl '95.[2]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

On July 20, 1995, he signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, but didn't make the team.

Dallas Cowboys

Briggs was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 1995. After being released on August 27,[5] he was later re-signed and was a part of the Super Bowl XXX winning team, while playing mainly on special teams.

Chicago Bears

He spent the 1996 season with the Chicago Bears, reuniting with head coach and former Cowboys defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt.[6] He was used at linebacker, before being waived on October 1.[7]

Minnesota Vikings

Briggs was a member of the Minnesota Vikings from 1997 to 1998.

Personal life

After retiring from pro football, he traveled with Reggie White and spoke at churches. His nephew Diyral Briggs also played in the National Football League.


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