As you know, Iowa running back Shonn Greene has decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.
The basic reaction from teammates was, “No duh.”
Greene finished with the greatest season ever by an Iowa running back, setting records for yard (1,850), touchdowns (20) and tied kicker Nate Kaeding for the season record in points (120).
What else was did he need to do? Only the dreamers and true believers thought maybe he’d come back and play college football as a 24-year-old.
Welcome to the real world, dreamers.
“I don’t think there’s really a lot more I can do here,” Greene said. “People talk about the Heisman, but I think that’s a lot of politics. I don’t like getting caught up in all of that, so I just figure I’ll try my chances.”
Greene rushed for 121 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed for more than 100 yards in all 13 of Iowa’s games and scored in all but one.
Greene sat out the 2007 season because of academic problems, punched in for one brilliant season and said goodbye.
The 235-pound junior from Sicklerville, N.J., said this week that he planned to meet with his family and consider information from the NFL college advisory committee before making a decision this month on whether to turn pro.
He talked about the pros and cons during an interview Monday. Maybe hearing it out loud took out all the doubt. He said he made the decision a couple days ago.
In Thursday’s postgame, he was asked about his favorite NFL team. Someone piped in, “The one with the most Benjamins?” This was a reference to Benjamin Franklin and his picture on the $100 bill.
“There you go,” Greene said with a laugh.