A player that should forever be celebrated in Florida State football history deserves more recognition than we will ever give him. When I think of the resurgence of Florida State football at the beginning of this decade, I think of Rashad Greene. The four star wide receiver from St. Thomas Aquinas committed to Florida State in the summer of 2010. From 2011-2014 he saved our butts more than the average fan in the Seminole fan base realizes. I am an advocate of having his jersey retired whenever the time is right. While some will overlook him as time passes there will not be a bigger fan boy than the guy typing this article right now. Let us celebrate with a top 5 list of Rashad Greene catches, where most of them saved our butts!
#5. 3rd and 28 against #1 Oklahoma
Even though Florida State lost this game, this was a clutch catch, and gave us hope. With the starting quarterback EJ Manuel out of the game due to injury and underclassmen Clint Trickett in the game, everyone in Doak Campbell needed a hero. The miraculous play of the game came from Freshman receiver Rashad Greene on 3rd and 28! As you can see in the video above, the throw was just a prayer, and Rashad Greene was the answer.
#4 Catch him if you can Clemson
2013 was the year of domination from the Seminoles, and Rashad Greene made sure it happened. Entering the Clemson game everyone knew it would decide the Atlantic Division. With the Seminoles up 17-7 no one could breathe easy until the play above happened. When this play happened it was the longest career reception for Rashad Greene (he would later beat that). This play uttered the difference between Clemson and Florida State that season, and this play was the beginning of the end for Clemson in the 2013 game.
#3. 2012 Securing the ACC Atlantic
2012 Virginia Tech
In 2012 Florida State was looking for their first ACC Championship since 2005. Under one minute to go late in the game at Virginia Tech, FSU was staring ACC loss number two directly in the face. A top ten Florida State team was in danger of having another disappointing ACC loss. With Clemson tied in the standings with Florida State, I am sure their fans saw the opening. The opening was closed with a 39 yard catch and run reception for a touchdown to win the game from Rashad Greene. Let me clarify this, not only does FSU lose the ACC in 2012 but momentum is stalled for the 2013 season if this play is not made.
#2. Continuing the Streak in a desperate manner
Without starting quarterback and undefeated starter Jameis Winston, FSU needed their hero #80 to show up big. Midway through the game most fans had no idea how the Noles could pull this out. Without the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston the offense was stalling. Late in the fourth quarter with the ball in FSU territory, back up quarterback Sean Maguire was able to find Rashad Greene for his career long 74 yard reception touchdown. Clemson made a mistake in putting their defensive back in single coverage against Greene, and one literal slip created a tie game. This catch did enough to put us into overtime, and to preserve a special season.
#1. Win it all Rashad
2013 BCS National Championship
On the last drive of the last BCS National Championship, the ball was primarily moved through Rashad Greene. Without Rashad Greene, we might not of had a big play to get us down the field. On the second play of the drive Rashad Greene slipped multiple Auburn defenders to take it 49 yards to Auburn territory which gave a us a chance to win in the final moments of the game. This is one of the most clutch catches in Florida State history! He also created the pass interference which led to the game winning touchdown for Kelvin Benjamin!
Rashad Greene in the FSU Record Books
#1 in Career Receptions (270)
#1 in Single Season Receptions (99 in 2014)
#1 in Career Receiving Yards (3,830)
#2 in Single Season Receiving Yards (1,365 in 2014)
Your Opinion: Does Rashad Greene deserve to have his jersey retired in the future?