Aug. 20, 2001
The greatest football player ever to wear the Green and Gold and arguably the best player in the history of the MAAC Football League, Reggie Greene graduated from Siena in 1998 as the NCAA's I-AA all-time leading rusher. When he finished his career, his 5,415 career yards on the ground placed him third among all-time running backs at any level--behind only Tony Dorsett and Charles White. Greene also graduated with the single-best rushing performance in NCAA history, running for 379 yards on the ground against St. John's (1996).
Greene is the only associated press all-american in the history of the College's football program, being named to the elite team during each of his last three years with the Saints. He was the MAAC Player of the Year as a sophomore, junior and senior, after leading the nation in rushing each season. In recognition of his amazing achievements, Greene was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award (presented to the nation's top I-AA player) three times and as a senior he received votes for the Heisman Trophy.
This past year, the Hartford Courant selected Greene as one of Connecticut's top 100 athletes in the 20th Century. On the honor, Greene said: "When I left high school, there was no way I would have been considered on such a list. It is nice to see that the people on the panel recognized what I did at Siena and realized that maybe I wasn't too small to succeed--maybe I deserved a chance." Renowned for his speed and vision as a back, Greene battled the odds and the critic while in College, but those who watched him play knew of his true gift as a back. Bob Byrnes, the assistant director of college personnel for BLESTO (an NFL scouting combine), commented when asked about Greene: "People will ask what he's like when he gets hit. But I've seen him, and watched film on him, and he never gets hit."
Last year, Greene played professional football overseas in Italy. A member of the Bolzano Giants, Greene led the league in rushing again defying the odds in a battle toward his lifetime dream of playing in the NFL. "Siena was the first school to show faith in my ability...it was the only school that believed me from day one. It was the school that taught me to: `Dare to be great and Dare to be successful," Greene said.