A shutdown cornerback with the speed and skills to make plays all over the field, Jabari Greer has evolved into one of the team’s defensive leaders. Following a humble entry into the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Tennessee, Greer’s used the combination of hard work and repetition to become an elite cornerback, playing in 133 games with 86 starts and recording 430 career tackles (341 solo), 13 interception returns for 240 yards, four brought back for touchdowns, two sacks, 101 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Greer paired with Keenan Lewis to help anchor a significantly improved defensive backfield before suffering a season-ending knee injury in week 11, starting all 10 games he appeared in and posting 31 tackles (24 solo), one interception and eight passes defensed. The former football and track standout for the Volunteers has embarked on a comprehensive rehab program to prepare for the 2014 season.
NFL CAREER – A shutdown cornerback with the speed and skills to make plays all over the field, Jabari Greer has evolved into one of the team’s defensive leaders. Following a humble entry into the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Tennessee, Greer’s used the combination of hard work and repetition to become an elite cornerback, playing in 133 games with 86 starts and recording 430 career tackles (341 solo), 13 interception returns for 240 yards, four brought back for touchdowns, two sacks, 101 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Greer paired with Keenan Lewis to help anchor a significantly improved defensive backfield before suffering a season-ending knee injury in week 11, starting all 10 games he appeared in and posting 31 tackles (24 solo), one interception and eight passes defensed. The former football and track standout for the Volunteers has embarked on a comprehensive rehab program to prepare for the 2014 season.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Placed on Injured Reserve, 11/19/13; Signed to a three-year contract extension, 4/20/12; Signed by Saints to a four-year contract (UFA-BUF), 3/4/09; Re-signed by Buffalo Bills to a two-year contract (RFA), 3/1/07; Signed by Buffalo as an undrafted free agent, 4/26/04.
HONORS – 2007: AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 4).
2013 – Started the first 10 games of the season before being placed on Injured Reserve, Nov. 19 with a knee injury that required surgery…Posted 31 tackles (24 solo), one interception and eight passes defensed…Tied season-high with six tackles (five solo) and intercepted Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill vs. Miami, Sept. 30…Injured on coverage vs. San Francisco, 11/17/13. 2012 – Played in 14 games with 13 starts and finished with 51 tackles (40 solo), three interception returns for 31 yards and 14 passes defensed. Interception total was a career-high and tied for team lead…After missing opener following rehab from sports hernia surgery, Greer made his season debut in a backup role at Carolina, Sept. 16 and then started team’s next 13 games at left cornerback before missing the finale following a concussion…Recorded five tackles (four solo), an interception returned 28 yards and two passes defensed vs. Kansas City, Sept. 23…Had a season-high eight tackles (six solo) at Oakland and one pass defensed, Nov. 18…Set career-high with two interceptions, adding four passes defensed and three solo tackles vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 16. 2011 – Started all 16 regular season contests and finished with career-high 83 tackles (63 solo), a two-yard interception return, a team-high 23 pass breakups and a forced fumble…Had two solo tackles, two passes defensed, and one forced fumble vs. Chicago, Sept. 18…Made three solo tackles and a fourth quarter two-yard interception return and one pass defensed in come-from-behind 40-33 win vs. Houston, Sept. 25…Posted six tackles (five solo) and four passes defensed at Jacksonville, Oct. 2…Recorded seven tackles (six solo) and one pass defense vs. Tampa Bay, Nov. 6…Registered season-high 10 tackles (four solo) and three passes defensed at Atlanta, Nov. 13…Tallied four solo tackles and two pass breakups vs. N.Y. Giants, Nov. 28…Made four tackles (three solo) and broke up two passes at Tennessee, Dec. 11…Tied season-high for stops by registering 10 tackles (eight solo) and one pass defensed vs. Atlanta, Dec. 26…Recorded six tackles (five solo) and set postseason career-highs with four passes defensed and two fourth quarter interceptions of Matthew Stafford in NFC Wild Card Playoff vs. Detroit, 1/7/12…Registered two tackles (one solo) and one pass defensed in NFC Divisional Playoff at San Francisco, 1/14/12. 2010 – Played in 14 games with 13 starts at left cornerback and finished with 72 tackles (seventh on the team), tied for club lead with two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown and added 10 pass breakups and a fumble recovery despite a shoulder injury that kept him inactive for games vs. Cleveland, Oct. 24 and vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 31 and hampered him for the majority of the season…Opened the season vs. Minnesota, Sept. 9 by leading secondary with seven tackles and added two pass breakups…Recorded season-high nine tackles (eight solo) and a pass defensed vs. Atlanta, Sept. 27…Registered six solo tackles and returned a first quarter interception 26 yards at Arizona, Oct. 10…Returned to action after missing two games (shoulder) at Carolina, Nov. 7 and despite not starting, returned a pass 24 yards for his fourth career interception return for a TD…Led secondary with eight tackles (seven solo) vs. Seattle, Nov. 21…Made four tackles with two passes defensed and had his first career fumble recovery of a ball lost by Steven Jackson vs. St. Louis, Dec. 12…Started in NFC Wild Card Playoff at Seattle, 1/8/11 and made five tackles with a pass defensed and recorded his first career postseason interception, returned for 10 yards in the first quarter. 2009 – Played in nine games, starting the first eight and returning for regular season finale after being inactive for a seven-game stretch with an injured groin which necessitated sports hernia surgery. Still managed 53 tackles (44 solo), two interception returns for 59 yards – one for a touchdown – and 13 passes defensed. Opened all three postseason contests and posted totals of 19 tackles (14 solo) and five pass defenses…In Super Bowl XLIV, started and recorded five stops…Had sparkling performance vs. Minnesota in NFC Championship game, registering 10 tackles (eight solo) and deflecting three passes…Made first start in over two months vs. Arizona in NFC Divisional Playoff in his career postseason debut and finished with four stops and broke up two passes…Had 10 tackles (seven solo) with one pass defensed at Philadelphia, Sept. 20…At Buffalo, Sept. 27, returned to face his former team and had eight tackles and knocked a pass into the air that was intercepted by Will Smith…Posted three passes defensed and added eight tackles vs. N.Y. Jets, Oct. 4…Had first interception with New Orleans when he picked off Eli Manning vs. N.Y. Giants, Oct. 18…Nov. 2 vs. Atlanta, recorded first TD with Saints, returning Matt Ryan pass 48 yards…Started and made three stops prior to leaving game with groin injury vs. Carolina, Nov. 8, which kept him on the inactive list for the next seven weeks and forced him to undergo surgery…Returned for contest at Carolina, 1/3/10. 2008 – Started all 10 games he appeared in for Buffalo to begin the season and tallied 43 tackles (35 solo), two interceptions – both returned for touchdowns – nine passes defensed and one forced fumble. Inactive for final six games (knee)…Posted a forced fumble with two solo tackles and two passes defensed vs. Seattle, Sept. 7…Returned an interception 33 yards for a go-ahead touchdown at St. Louis, Sept. 28, in addition to six solo tackles and deflecting a career-high six passes…Led team with a 12-tackle (nine solo) performance at Arizona, Oct. 5, his first double-digit tackle game…Intercepted a Brett Favre pass and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown vs. N.Y. Jets, Nov. 2. 2007 – Posted 47 tackles (40 solo), two interceptions and 17 passes defensed, playing in all 16 games for third consecutive year and making a career-high 13 starts…In fourth quarter vs. N.Y. Jets, Sept. 30, had his first career interception, six tackles and deflected two passes to earn AFC Defensive Player of the Week for the first time…The following week vs. Dallas, Oct. 8, recorded his second interception in addition to five tackles and three passes defensed – including breaking up a potential two-point conversion late in the game…Vs. Cincinnati, Nov. 4, notched his first career forced fumble. 2006 – Played in all 16 games for the second consecutive season and ranked second on the club with 20 special teams tackles, serving as a key contributor as a gunner on a punt coverage unit tied for first in NFL in net punting average (39.2)…Added four solo tackles and a pass defensed. 2005 – A valuable asset as a reserve defender and on special teams, started twice and posted 28 tackles (23 solo), a sack, two passes defensed and 15 special teams stops (11 solo)…Sept. 11, vs. Houston, recorded second career sack…Started at cornerback, posting nine tackles (seven solo) vs. Carolina, Nov. 27. 2004 – Played in 12 games, starting at Baltimore, Oct. 24, and tallied 18 tackles (12 solo), a sack, four passes defensed and three special teams tackles…Registered first career sack vs. St. Louis, Nov. 21 and added three tackles.
COLLEGE – Three-year starter at Tennessee…Carried on school's tradition of standout two-sport stars, as he also excelled in track, running 13.32 in 110-meter hurdles, third all-time in school history…2003 NCAA champion in 60-meter indoor hurdles…Two-time SEC champion indoor/outdoor hurdles, breaking Willie Gault's record in 60 meter hurdles (7.55)… Also ran on 4x100 meter relay…Appearing in 51 games, leaving campus with the most played in school record books…Closed career with 147 tackles (119 solo), 3.5 sacks, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble, two interceptions and 33 passes defensed while opening 34 contests…Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
PERSONAL –Attended South Side (Jackson, Tenn.) HS, where he was 1999 Class 3A All-State…Three-year starter at wide receiver and cornerback and also played fullback…Set school record with six defensive touchdowns…Seven-time state champion in track and field…Greer’s foundation, the Greer Campaign, emphasizes fatherhood and uniting families, providing support for fathers and community service programs to fathers and their families both in the New Orleans area and in his home state of Tennessee…In the 2010 and 2012 offseasons, Greer has hosted a track meet in his hometown for adults and children to benefit his foundation…In both 2011 and 2012, he hosted VooDoo Masquerade Charity balls in New Orleans…A fan of jazz, appeared with and played with the Treme Brass Band for an NFL Network shoot to promote New Orleans Super Bowl XLVII week…Jabari Amin Greer was born in Milwaukee, Wisc. on Feb. 11, 1982.
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New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer is carted off the field after he injures his left knee while breaking up a pass against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11.
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New Orleans Saints defense back Jabari Greer speaks with reporters after the New Orleans Saints Black and Gold Scrimmage on Saturday August 3, 2013.