Background and college
Born August 21, 1985 in Sicklerville, New Jersey, Greene attened Winslow Township high school, where, as a junior, he earned first team all-state, all-South Jersey and all-conference honors following up with first team all-conference as a sophomore. As a senior, he eaned first team all-conference and second team all-state. He then attneded Milford Academy for one year before going to the University of Iowa.
In his freshman year, Greene rushed 18 times for 116 yards and a touchdown in the opening win over Ball State. He finished the year with 173 yards. He was named behing Albert Young at running back for his sophomore year, and missed a few games with injury. His grades fell off so badly that he was ruled academically ineligible for the 2007 season. Greene taking classes at Kirkwood Community College, also in Iowa City in order to raise his grade point average, paying his way by working at a local furniture store.
In 2008, Greene returned to Iowa with a vengeance. He rushed for the second-most yards in the nation -- his 1,850 yards was an Iowa single season rushing record -- and scored 20 touchdowns. As Iowa completed a 9-4 season and a bowl win in which he was named MVP, Greene was the only running back in the country to rush for more than 100 yards in every game and won the Doak Walker Award as the top running back in the nation.
As a Jet
The Jets traded up to select Greene with the first pick of the third round (65th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft. On August 30 Greene made an appearance in the Jets preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. He rushed twice for six yards as well as catching an 85-yard pass before leaving due to an undisclosed rib injury. In week 7 against the Oakland Raiders, Greene ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-0 victory. On December 27, 2009, carried the ball 16 times for 95 yards in a defeat of the Indianapolis Colts. On January 9, 2010, Greene rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown in a 24-14 playoff win against the Cincinnati Bengals. His best performance of the season came against the San Diego Chargers in the divisional round of the playoffs. Greene carried the ball 23 times and rushed for 128 yards. He scored a 53-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, and led the Jets to their first AFC Championship game since 1998. However, in the Conference final, Greene left with an injury in the third quarter as the Jets fell to the Colts.