Overview: Tom Greene is a senior who played wide receiver at California University of Pennsylvania. In 2017, he was one of the players selected to the All-PSAC Second-Team. He finished the year with 64 catches for 1,040 yards and six touchdowns. He is a physical, reliable wide receiver who has great hands and has a good football I.Q.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Tom, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing California University of Pennsylvania?
TG: I chose to attend Cal U because it was a local school that I was familiar with. They have a great tradition of winning football games and furthering players careers into the professional level. I trusted the values and goals they instilled in they’re players and I wanted to be apart of it and possibly be the next player to make it to the next level.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by NFL scouts?
TG: I have a great personality and a tremendous story of how I got to where I am today. Aside from talent and being a smart football player I know that scouts are looking for someone with character, someone with good people skills with a great work ethic. I understand finding someone who can run fast and jump high is easier than finding a player with good moral values and a good personality. That is where I believe I will stand out.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
TG: Some things I could work on is my eyes and separation speed. Also gaining better field position in a one on one battle, giving myself more grass to make my job a little easier to compete. My strengths would be my ability to catch with my hands, my field IQ, my aggressiveness attacking the ball, and my big time clutch catches.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
TG: Things that separate me from other players is my size. I use my frame very well and my catch radius. I see a lot of receivers face the challenge catching the ball while in traffic or the middle of the field. I excel at finding gaps and catching across the middle as well as a defender nearby.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
TG: Since I was little I always idolized Hines Ward. He is my favorite player of all time. I think I resemble him in such ways as being a physical, tough, hard-nose receiver. He wasn’t a big time splashy player but was a great possession receiver and made great catches and plays. His game was excellent when catching dig routes across the middle. He was a daring player and I see myself as the same.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
TG: Toughest player I faced in college I would personally say the cornerback from Shepherd (#16). In the playoff game we played them the 2016 season.
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
TG: I fell in love with the sport when I was 5 years old. I dominated from day one and it was a good way of just staying out of trouble and meeting friends. It raised me and I developed that kind of respect for the game early so I knew what it was I wanted to do.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
TG: I had so many coaches they were all influential and responsible for my growth as a young man. Most recently my college position coach always preached about doing everything right. He would say “ If you do the little things right, that’s what’s going make you a good football player, and being a good football player will help you be a good husband, a good son, a good brother.” The discipline and rules from football apply in life and that helps me get through day to day.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
TG: Preparing for a game day for me is relaxing. Relaxation is important. I like to eat a good breakfast, and lay down and watch something on tv. In the locker room I make sure I get necessary treatment and do more relaxing. Usually listening to calm music such as Dom Kennedy, Common, or Lauryn Hill.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
TG: If your reading this interview I just want everyone to know that I have been through the worse situations possible. Nothing in my life came easy, I always found a way to get to the next level no matter how long it took. I come from nothing and make the best of what I have. I am a survivor and a fighter. I have love and passion for this game. Football doesn’t define who I am, but it has a huge impact on who I am today. This is a dream for me and to make it come true would mean the world to me.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Tom Greene for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as a professional football player.
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Christa is a syndicated New York Jets beat writer and acts as the primary talent scout for Locker Room Update, where she interviews college football players from around the nation. You can follow her author page on Facebook here for the latest updates.