Greg Warren (American football)

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Greg Warren
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Warren in 2007
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Position: Long snapper
Personal information
Born: (1981-10-18) October 18, 1981 (age 37)
Mount Olive, North Carolina
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school: Dudley (NC) Southern Wayne
College: North Carolina
Undrafted: 2005
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:181
Player stats at NFL.com

Gregory Robert Warren (born October 18, 1981) is a former American football long snapper. He was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at North Carolina.

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Warren earned two Super Bowl rings with the Steelers in Super Bowl XL over the Seattle Seahawks and Super Bowl XLIII over the Arizona Cardinals.

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Personal life

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. [1] [2]

Southern Wayne High School is a high school for grades 9-12, located in Dudley near Goldsboro, North Carolina, USA.

Dudley, North Carolina human settlement in North Carolina, United States of America

Dudley is an unincorporated community in Wayne County, North Carolina, United States, about 9 miles south of Goldsboro. Part of this area includes the Brogden CDP. Dudley is included in the Goldsboro, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area.

A letterman, in U.S. activities/sports, is a high school or college student who has met a specified level of participation or performance on a varsity team.

College career

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. [1] [2]

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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.

East Chapel Hill High School

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Professional career

During his rookie season in 2005, Warren was used entirely as a long snapper, beating former Steelers center Mike Schneck for the job. [3] [4]

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Mike Schneck American football player

Michael Louis Schneck is a former American football long snapper who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played college football for the University of Wisconsin. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 1999, and also played for the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons.

A restricted free agent in the 2008 offseason, Warren signed a three-year, $2.3 million contract with the Steelers on March 25. [5]

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. [6]

On December 21, 2009, Warren was placed on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), officially ending his 2009 season in week 14. [7]

On October 23, 2016, Warren had his first career fumble recovery against the New England Patriots after Julian Edelman fumbled the ball while returning a punt from Jordan Berry. [8] [9]

On February 2, 2017, Warren re-signed with the Steelers on a one-year contract. [10]

On May 18, 2017, Warren was released by the Steelers after 12 seasons due to a failed physical. [11]

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