Monday, November 9, 2015

1975 Profile: Tony Greene

Free Safety
No. 43
"Greene developed into one of the premiere free safeties in professional football during the 1974 season. He ranked second in the league in interceptions with nine despite missing the final two games of the season with a knee injury. Greene equalled Tom Janik's 1967 record with pass interceptions in four consecutive games and was within one of the Bills season record for thefts. He was voted by his teammates as Buffalo's Most Valuable Player of 1974 and was elected as the Bills' permanent defensive captain for last season.
He consistently made the big play for the Buffalo defense. Tony had a 105-yard interception return for a touchdown- a play that would have put him in the NFL record book- called back at Miami. His knee injury against Baltimore required surgery, sidelining him for the final two games and the playoffs; he worked hard on a rehabilitation program during the off-season.
Tony was a starter at both cornerback and safety in 1973 and still has the versatility and speed to play either position. A tough, determined competitor, he first won a starting job in 1972 after playing mainly on special teams as a rookie. Greene returned kickoffs in 1972 and 1973.
Captain of Maryland's 1970 squad, Greene led the Atlantic Coast Conference in interceptions and was voted as the Terrapins' outstanding defensive back as both a junior and a senior. A sprinter for the Maryland track team, he set records in the 50 (5.3 seconds), 60 (6.0) and 100 (9.5).
Tony majored in physical education at Maryland and would like to get into counseling or human relations as a career. He's dedicated to many charitable causes in the Buffalo community. He worked as a representative of the Commerce Department's Business Management Fellowship Program Buffalo during the off-season. Tony enjoys music and movies."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

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