Brett Greenwood is a former Defensive Back for the Iowa Hawkeyes, and was noted for his rather quick reactions to opposing quarterbacks, and ability to intercept passes thrown his way.

Greenwood was a walk on freshman and ended up starting for the Hawkeyes for three seasons. He played this NFL pre season with the Pittsburgh Steelers before being cut from the squad before the beginning of the 2011-12 season.


On Friday afternoon, September 9th, 2011, Greenwood was working out on the football field of his former high school (Pleasant Valley High School of Bettendorf, IA), when he collapsed from a heart attack.[1] When attempts to resuscitate him failed, he was rushed to Trinity Medical Center of Bettendorf, before being airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Although he survived the heart attack, it caused serious neurological injuries.[2] As of July 2012, he is still recovering from his injuries, receiving physical therapy five days per week.[3]

For the Iowa Hawkeye football game on September 24th, 2011, against Louisiana-Monroe, attending fans were encouraged to wear green for a "green-out", in honor of the former standout.

The Brett Greenwood Foundation[4] has been established to provide a donation fund that will be used to support the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, as well as the Hawkeye Athletics Department in the form of an Endowed Scholarship in Brett's name.


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