Terry Greer was born on September 27, 1957 in Memphis, Tennessee to his mother, Pauline Greer and his father, Dempsey Turner. He attended Alabama State University where he was offered both basketball and football athletic scholarships, choosing football.
Greer first was picked by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1980 NFL Draft but before playing a single game signed with the Canadian Football League team Toronto Argonauts. The 1983 season was his most productive year. He led the team to the Grey Cup in an 18-17 win over the BC Lions at BC Place Stadium. He was the MOP of the CFL East Division and was the first professional football player to gain 2,000 yards in a 16-game season, with 2,003. He left CFL to join the Cleveland Browns after the 1985 CFL season.
Greer made his NFL debut with the Cleveland Browns in 1986, playing with the team for one season before being traded to the San Francisco 49ers. As a helper off the bench, Greer recorded 15 and 26 yards per catch in Super Bowl XXIII and Super Bowl XXIV seasons, respectively. He also recorded one regular season touchdown in his first season with the 49ers. In 1990, Greer made his last stand in his playing career with the Detroit Lions as he recorded 3 touchdowns before retiring.
He has two Super Bowl rings and a Grey Cup ring; he is also the first player in pro football history to win both championships; he is also one of only eight players to have won both championships. In 1996, Greer coached for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for a season before officially retiring. Currently, he and his family live near Cleveland, Ohio. He has a wife, daughter, son, and granddaughter who live with him.