When most of us think of good things that come from Buffalo, first on the list is wings and not football. For the New Orleans Saints and this writer included, it’s corner back Jabari Greer.
Jabari Greer started his climb to the NFL at South Side High School in Jackson, Tennessee. There he participated in both football and track.
While at South Side High, Greer was an All State selection in both sports and won several individual state track championships. Greer would again pursue football and track as he moved onto college at Tennessee.
At Tennessee, Greer would break the 110m hurdles record for the school and also break the record on the football team for playing in 51 straight games.
Now I’ve seen a big percentage of football players in college who will take an easy curriculum so they can focus on football. Greer would break that norm and graduate from Tennessee with a degree in psychology.
Greer would use his degree to “psych-out” offenses when he was signed as an undrafted free Agent in 2004 by the Buffalo Bills.
At first, he was used as a situational Cornerback and on Special Teams. In 2007, Greer would actually start 13 games and then follow up in 2008 with 10 games started before he suffered and injury.
Up to that point, Greer had registered 156 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 interceptions, 2 touchdowns from interceptions, and 1 forced fumble. His life would take a different turn after the 2008 season and that turn would be southbound to New Orleans.
In March 2009, Greer would sign a four year contract with the Saints to become a starter. When he was signed, I actually had a big question mark. Because once again, I didn’t think of great football when it came to Buffalo.
He helped ease my fears that season by getting a second career best 44 tackles and 2 interceptions. One of those interceptions was returned for a touchdown in a big Monday Night Football game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Greer would intercept Falcons Quarterback Matt “Matty Ice” Ryan and return it 48 yards for the score. The speedy corner was beginning to grow on me.