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Greg Best
No. 25, 24     
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1960-01-14) January 14, 1960 (age 60)
Place of birth: New Brighton, Pennsylvania
High School: Blackhawk High School
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
College: Kansas State
Undrafted in 1983
Debuted in 1983 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Last played in 1988 for the New York Knights
Career history
Roster status: retired
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 1984
Games Played     18
Games Started     0
Fumbles Recovered     1
Fumble Return Yards     94
Touchdowns     1
Stats at NFL.com
Receptions     25
Receiving yards     394
Receiving TDs     5
Tackles     24
Fumble recoveries     2
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Gregory Lee Best (born January 14, 1960) is a former American football defensive back who played in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns.

Early lifeEdit

Best was born in New Brighton, Pennsylvania and attended Blackhawk High School in nearby Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.[1] He was named second-team All-Conference in football as a junior and first-team All-Conference his senior year.[2]

College FootballEdit

He matriculated at Kansas State[1] where he walked on to the football team as a wide receiver. He became a four-year starter as a cornerback and kickoff returner,[3] although he redshirted his sophomore season due to injury. As a senior in 1982, Best was named to the All-Big Eight Conference team.[4]

He was invited to play in the Blue–Gray Football Classic all-star game following his senior season in 1982. He caught two interceptions in the game and was named the game's defensive MVP.[2]

Professional FootballEdit

Best went undrafted in the 1983 NFL Draft, but was signed shortly after the draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.[4] He spent training camp with the team, but was among the final roster cuts. The Steelers re-signed Best after the third game of the 1983 season when Eric Williams was placed on the injured reserve list due to an ankle injury.[5]

He played primarily as a special teamer with the Steelers with occasional reps at safety in passing situations.[6] Best's finest performance as a pro came in week seven of 1983 against the rival Cleveland Browns. In that game Best made three tackles in the kicking game, caused an incompletion with a hit on Ozzie Newsome on defense and returned a fumble 94 yards for the game's final score.[6] That 94-yard fumble recovery return was the longest of the season in the NFL.[7]

Best was once again released by the Steelers prior to the 1984 season. He was picked up by the Browns, for whom he played five games in 1984.[8] He later signed with the Memphis Showboats of the United States Football League (USFL), but the league folded before he had a chance to play. His bad luck continued when he signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League only to see that team also fold before he could join them.[8]

Best finished his playing career in 1988 after stints with the Pittsburgh Gladiators and the New York Knights of the Arena Football League.[2]

Post-football careerEdit

Since leaving football, Best has worked as a general contractor. He has also had an ownership interest in a sports bar in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.[9]

PersonalEdit

Best married Donna Wickline in 1982.[10] They have since divorced, but they have a daughter together, Tayler.[9] Best was inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Greg Best bio". databaseFootball. http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=BESTGRE01. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Greg Best bio". Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame. http://www.bcshof.org/halloffamers/best1996.htm. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  3. "College rosters loaded with area football products". The Beaver County Times. August 30, 1982. pp. B4. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=8XEuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=MdoFAAAAIBAJ&dq=greg-best%20blackhawk&pg=1221%2C5850866. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Steelers Sign Best, Warman". The Beaver County Times. April 29, 1983. pp. B1. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=01UvAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zNoFAAAAIBAJ&dq=kansas%20greg-best&pg=1389%2C5740291. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  5. Cook, Ron (September 20, 1983). "Greg Best Back with Steelers!". The Beaver County Times. pp. B1. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=o_wqAAAAIBAJ&sjid=V9oFAAAAIBAJ&dq=greg-best%20steelers&pg=1829%2C3915593. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Cook, Ron (October 17, 1983). "Best a beast on kick teams". Pittsburgh Press. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ORkeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6mEEAAAAIBAJ&dq=kansas%20greg-best&pg=3764%2C2271215. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  7. "1983 NFL Leaders and Leaderboards". Pro Football Reference. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/1983/leaders.htm. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Glass, Burton (July 1, 1987). "Gladiators sign Russell for quick fix at quarterback". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. pp. 19. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Iu8NAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IW4DAAAAIBAJ&dq=kansas%20greg-best&pg=6879%2C80517. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Allman, Bill (September 29, 1993). "Update: Greg Best". Allegheny Times. pp. B1. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=urUiAAAAIBAJ&sjid=C7UFAAAAIBAJ&dq=kansas%20greg-best&pg=6395%2C6340008. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  10. "Weddings: Wickline-Best". The Beaver County Times. August 17, 1982. pp. A10. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6HEuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=MdoFAAAAIBAJ&dq=greg-best%20blackhawk&pg=5451%2C3048152. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
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