A speedy wide receiver from Albany, Georgia, Rashad Greene would burst onto the scene playing for Florida high school power house St. Thomas Aquinas. Greene’s 148 yards and two touchdowns in the 2010 State title game against Plant, including a game-sealing 74 yard reception, would foreshadow things to come for the talented wide out.
From the moment Greene stepped on campus he was special. He would become known for not only his big play ability, but his consistency as a pass-catcher. It’s not often that a freshman leads a team in receiving, but Greene did, and produced the first of many clutch plays in his career along the way:
Greene would be FSU’s top receiver again as a sophomore, while also taking on punt return duties. Adding his 307 return yards for two scores to his 741 yards receiving, Greene eclipsed 1000 all-purpose yards, earning him an All-American honorable mention. He would also add to his expanding portfolio of highlights:
In 2013, Greene, along with Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw would make up one of the most talented receiving corps in the nation. Even with Jameis Winston spreading the wealth among the plethora of talent in FSU’s offense and being slightly overshadowed by Benjamin’s breakout year, Greene still led the pack in receiving yards and receptions. Sensing a trend here?
Greene was Mr. Reliable, coming through when the lights shined the brightest.
He silenced Death Valley in the biggest game in ACC history:
And set the Seminoles up in prime position to secure their third national title:
After the departure of Benjamin and Shaw, Greene would be the only returning receiver with any meaningful playing time. Shouldering the load for the entire unit, he produced his most statistically impressive season yet.
Greene’s 99 catches led the team. In fact, if you combine all the receptions from every other receive that year, they only best Greene by two catches with 101 total. Greene also led the team in receiving yards with 1,365, more than the top three receivers behind him combined.
And of course, we saw more big plays from Greene.
He sealed the deal against Oklahoma State in the 2014 season opener at Jerry World:
With Jameis Winston sidelined for memeing, a Sean Maguire led FSU was in desperate need of a score to tie the game against Clemson late in the fourth quarter.
Just chuck it to 80:
Greene would put the team on his back again en route to his third ACC Championship. With 123 yards and two touchdowns, Greene helped the ’Noles past Georgia Tech, preserved an undefeated season, and “snuck” into the first ever College Football Playoff back when “game control” was a thing.
Greene would finish his career at Florida State as the school’s all-time leader in both receptions and receiving yards, along with one hell of a highlight reel.
Drafted by the Jaguars in the 5th round of the 2015 draft, Greene has been a fringe player on Jacksonville’s roster, often going back and forth from practice squad to the active roster.