|Date of birth:January 21, 1954|
|Place of birth: Washington, DC|
|College: Ohio State Buckeyes|
|NFL Draft: 1976 / Round: 11 / Pick: 318|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Dallas Cowboys ( 1976)*|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* 2× All-Big-10 (1974, 1975)|
Cornelius Greene (born January 21, 1954) is a former American football quarterback who played college football for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was the first African American quarterback to start at Ohio State.
He accepted a football scholarship from Ohio State University to play under head coach Woody Hayes. As a sophomore, he was named the starter at quarterback over Greg Hare. He was named Big Ten Conference MVP for the 1975 season, when his teammate Archie Griffin became the first two-time Heisman Trophy winner.
Green compiled a 31-2-1 record in the regular season, played in 4 Rose Bowls (3 as the starting quarterback), won the 1974 Rose Bowl against USC, won three Big Ten Championships and led the team to an undefeated season in 1973.
Although his teams were based on run oriented offenses, he still held the record of most career passing yards in school history for many years. He finished with 138-of-251 (55.0 percent) attempts for 2,255 yards and 17 touchdowns, while having 409 carries for 2,014 yards (4.9 YPC) and 28 touchdowns.
In 1998, he was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.
Green was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the eleventh round (318th overall) of the 1976 NFL draft to play him at wide receiver. On August 24, he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for future considerations. He was released him on September 7.
After his time in the Canadian Football League, he played semi-pro ball in Columbus, Ohio. In 1982, he moved back to his hometown of Washington, D.C., to work for the city and to manage a recreation center. He is a faculty member and multi-sport coach at St. Albans High School.
- ↑ Hallett, Joe; Jack Torry (January 20, 2009). "Past rights, wrongs shaped No. 44". Columbus Dispatch. http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/01/20/copy/Leaders.ART_ART_01-20-09_A1_2QCK6RM.html?adsec=politics&sid=101. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
- ↑ "Greene Scores 2 As Bucks Batter Illinois". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. November 4, 1973. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=P9seAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0mYEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7279,1457066&dq=cornelius-greene&hl=en. Retrieved February 26, 2011.