Born: August 21, 1985
Town: Sicklerville, New Jersey
Shonn Greene was born August 21, 1985 in Sciklerville, a small town south of Camden off the Atlantic City Expressway. Shonn was the eldest of six children. Shonnece, Shonte, Shonreke, Shonray and Shontray followed. Shonn was a quiet boy who loved football. When he was seven, he confided in his father, Reggie, that he planned to play in the NFL.
After Shonn turned 13, his parents separated. He moved with his father and five siblings into the home of his grandparents, Cheryl and Eulist. Shonn attended Winslow Township High School and became the star of the Eagles football team. Among his teammates was Jeromy Miles, who went on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals. Another star athlete for the Eagles was wrestler Jordan Burroughs, who won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. Shonn ran for 1,267 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as a junior, and 1,378 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. He earned all-conference and all-state honors both seasons.
Shonn was recruited by several top college programs, but his academics fell short of minimum standards. He attended a “fifth year” of high school at Milford Academy in Connecticut and raised his test scores enough to earn a scholarship to the University of Iowa. Shonn played the 2005 and 2006 seasons for Iowa, but left the school after his sophomore year because of academic difficulties. He spent 2007 at a local community college, and returned for his junior year in 2008.
And what a year it was. Shonn racked up 1,850 yards in 13 games for the Hawkeyes, won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back and was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. He was All-Big Ten and a unanimous All-American, and was named MVP of the Outback Bowl in his final college game. Shonn was