Greg Warren (American football)
Warren in 2007
|No. 60 Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Date of birth:||October 18, 1981|
|Place of birth:||Mount Olive, North Carolina|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||252 lb (114 kg)|
|High school:||Dudley (NC) Southern Wayne|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2015|
Gregory Robert Warren (born October 18, 1981) is an American football long snapper for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at North Carolina.
Greg Warren attended Southern Wayne High School in Dudley, North Carolina. He was a four-year letterman in football, a three-year letterman in track & field, and a member of the National Honor Society. In football, he won All-Conference Honorable Mention honors as a senior; starting for two years at center and deep snapper. In track & field, he was a three-time All-Conference Honorable Mention honoree. Warren is married to his wife Ashley Keesee Warren.
Warren attended the University of North Carolina, where he started his college football career as a walk-on long snapper in 2000. Warren earned the starting positing in 2001, and continued as the starting long snapper for the team until his graduation after the 2004 season. While playing football at UNC, Warren: won the Peach Bowl as a freshman, was awarded a scholarship in 2003, and played in 49 consecutive games for the Tar Heels. Warren still holds the squat (500 lbs.), power clean (364 lbs.), and bench press (360 lbs.) records for specialists. Senior year, Warren served as team captain, and won the Athletic Director's Scholar-Athlete Award.
Academically, Warren double majored in biology, and exercise & sports science. Prior to his NFL career, Warren had been pursuing a career in education, as evidenced by his tenure as a teaching assistant at East Chapel Hill High School.
A restricted free agent in the 2008 offseason, Warren signed a three-year, $2.3 million contract with the Steelers on March 25.
Warren sustained a season ending knee injury in a game against the New York Giants on October 25, 2008. The importance of a competent long snapper became evident after Warren left the game: the substitute long snapper, James Harrison, sent a snap sailing over the punter's head and out the back of the end zone resulting in a safety. This tied the score and gave the Giants good field position on the ensuing kick resulting in the go ahead touchdown late in the game. He was placed on injured reserve later that week.
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