Chris Greenwood: Pursuing an NFL Dream


Cornerback Chris Greenwood, '12, helped lead the Albion football team to a 2011 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship and was named MIAA Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts. The performance capped a stellar three-year career with the Britons that saw Greenwood rack up 13 interceptions (including seven in 2009), four of which he returned for touchdowns. He averaged 22 yards per interception return and also ran back kickoffs and punts. (See more statistics within the football stats pages.)

Greenwood, an economics and management major, suited up for the final time in his collegiate career in the annual East-West Shrine Game, which features primarily top-flight student-athletes from NCAA Division I. He caught the attention of teams across the National Football League and was selected by his hometown team, the Detroit Lions, in the fifth round (pick No. 148 overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Find more information and recent headlines on Greenwood below, and watch the above videos in which he talks about his first days as a pro, his road to Albion, his collegiate career, his preparation for the draft, and what lies ahead.

Chris Greenwood, '12, during Detroit Lions rookie orientation.Chris Greenwood, '12, during Detroit Lions rookie orientation.

Height: 6' 1" | Weight: 193 lbs.

Hometown: Detroit (Martin Luther King H.S.)

Albion corner Greenwood lives his dream with Detroit (The Detroit News)

Lions select Greenwood in NFL Draft (Albion.edu)

Video: CB Chris Greenwood media session (DetroitLions.com)

Lions say Albion CB Chris Greenwood's measurables are off charts (Detroit Free Press)

Chris Greenwood, Lions pick from Albion, eager to get his chance with hometown team (The Detroit News)

Lions trade up to select Albion CB Chris Greenwood in fifth round of NFL Draft (Detroit Free Press)

Greenwood is the first Albion NFL draft pick in 45 years.Greenwood is the first Albion NFL draft pick in 45 years.NFL Draft: Chris Greenwood selected by Detroit Lions with 148th pick (MLive.com)

Living the dream: Albion player Chris Greenwood on verge of NFL selection (Battle Creek Enquirer)

2012 Wes Welker watch list (SI.com)

Greenwood moving up draft boards (ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. on Twitter)

Small-schooler Greenwood attracts plenty of pre-draft interest (NBCSports.com)

Albion cornerback has NFL's attention (The Detroit News)

Small-school sleeper prospects (SI.com)

Draft sleepers: Non-combine invitees on the rise (NFL.com)

Greenwood impressing NFL scouts (D3football.com)

Greenwood reflects on East-West Shrine Game experience (Albion.edu)

Greenwood working to impress NFL scouts (Albion.edu)

Greenwood to play in East-West Shrine Game (Albion.edu)

Greenwood tabbed for D3football.com All-America squad (Albion.edu)

Greenwood gains AFCA All-America award (Albion.edu)