20UNDER40: David Greene

David Green

If you live anywhere in Georgia, or follow football even casually, you know of David Greene. The 2012 inductee into the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame has had one of the most storied sports careers in Gwinnett County.

From Snellville, David attended South Gwinnett High School where he was a star in both football (quarterback) and baseball (outfield). Sports Gwinnett simply does not have room in this piece to list the many honors and awards he has received. Suffice it to say, David Greene brought his best to sports and Gwinnett County is proud as a peach of this fine young man.

Again, too many to mention, there are some that just cannot be missed. At the high school level, for football he has been named Gwinnett County’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year, made the Georgia Sports Writers Association AAAA All-State honor, was named All-State in Class AAAA, the Georgia Touchdown Club’s Quarterback of the Year, as well as the Atlanta Touchdown Club’s Quarterback of the Year. And after his senior season (2000-2001), he played in the Georgia-Florida All-Star game.

Upon graduating high school, his career became downright unbelievable. Playing quarterback for the University of Georgia, he was named SEC Freshman of the Year, and the same year was voted SEC Offensive Player of the Year. He was the 2002 SEC Championship Game MVP and led his team to the 2002 Sugar Bowl victory. In 2004, he was a Johnny Unitas Golden Award finalist, and finished his college years as a Top 5 ranked Quarterback in NCAA Division I history and, at the time, the winningest quarterback in Division I college with 42 wins in four years.

Greene was drafted in the NFL in 2005 by the Seattle Seahawks. In his NFL career, he played for the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Indianapolis Colts.

Having made it all the way to the top of sports, Greene is humble about his accomplishments. Notes Greene, “It’s truly an honor to be on the list of 20UNDER40. Gwinnett County is one of the most competitive and [has some of the most talented athletes] in the entire country. It’s remarkable when you look at the number of athletes from Gwinnett who have [Olympic] gold medals, various championships, Super Bowls, Heisman Trophies, etc. Because the coaching and competition being so good in Gwinnett County, it truly gives us athletes a “leg up” when going to the next level.”

David Greene reached the highest of levels. Indeed, he may have won too many awards to count, but no one can ever take away a single one. His sports career is one for the history books.

Reg L. Carver
Reg is a freelance writer and photographer from Johns Creek, Georgia. He is the author of Jazz Profiles: The Spirit of the Nineties (Billboard Books 1998), which was nominated for the Ralph J. Gleason Award for excellence in music writing. He is also the author of Walking Up Lombard:My Long Journey Home (AuthorHouse 2012), a memoir of his journey through major depression and healing. You can find him at www.reglcarver.com and www.500px.com/RegLCarver.

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