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February 2, 2014

David Greene urges locals to stick with sports

David Greene was tall and athletic, but he never thought he would get the chance to play quarterback at a major university.

As a 10th-grader at South Gwinnett High School, he just wanted a win.

It didn’t happen that year as the Comets went 0-10. But there was plenty of winning to come for Greene, who would go on to be a four-year starter at the University of Georgia, guide the team to an SEC Championship in 2002 and end up selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Draft.

“One thing a lot of people assume about me when they hear that you are a former Georgia quarterback is that people think winning has always been easy for me,” Greene said Sunday during Salem Baptist Church’s fellowship and viewing party of the Super Bowl. “That wasn’t the case at all.

“As a sophomore, I just loved the game and loved to play. Now when I speak to youth, I just want to energize the kids to stick with it no matter what adversity might be put in your way.”

Greene spent the day at Salem Baptist, speaking during all three morning services on Sunday before meeting with area middle and high schoolers later in the afternoon. Greene also signed autographs, posed for pictures and shared another message at halftime during Sunday’s game between the Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.

“I know it has been a long day for him, but we have been so blessed to have him be part of this day with our family,” Salem Baptist pastor Darey Kittle said. “It has been a wonderful day.”

Now married with two children and retired from professional sports, Greene said being able to use his fame as a former UGA quarterback to share his faith with others has been a calling and a blessing as well.

“It is really rewarding just to come and have fellowship with different people and be able to share stories and learn from each other,” he said. “This church is something special with good, genuine people sharing a genuine faith. It has been a long day, but they have blessed me just by being able to be around them today. I come to events like this and share from my heart, but most of the time, I am blessed more just by being around good people.”

Greene’s message from Sunday’s service can be heard online at www.sbcdalton.org.

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