Cowboys Activate Tuskers QB Greisen
JACKSONVILLE, FL - Saturday, January 1 - Florida Tuskers quarterback CHRIS GREISEN has the chance to play in a regular-season National Football League game for the first time in more than 10 years after the Dallas Cowboys activated him off their practice squad on Friday.
Greisen, who joined the Cowboys practice squad on December 27, hasn't played in an NFL regular-season game since December 17, 2000, with the Arizona Cardinals, and hasn't thrown an NFL regular-season pass since December 10, 2000.
Greisen said he has prepared this week like he had the past two seasons with the Tuskers, telling the Dallas Morning News, "I was planning on playing. I had it in my mind the whole time. I had to prepare like I was the No. 2 guy."
Greisen, who started the 2010 United Football League season as the Tuskers' No. 2 quarterback, was the catalyst for the team's run to the 2010 UFL Championship Game, winning Florida's last three games as its starting quarterback. In the regular season, he was 58-for-84 for 664 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions (97.5 passer rating). He also ran six times for 24 yards. In the 2010 UFL Championship Game, Greisen was 24-for-42 for 346 yards passing, and added two rushing touchdowns.
Greisen reflected on his late-season rise to starter during UFL Championship Week, saying, "When I got the opportunity three weeks ago, we were in a precarious position. We were 2-3, and as coachay) Gruden said, we needed to win out. For me, it was just a matter of doing the things we talked about - take care of the football, start converting on third downs, sustaining drives. Just putting the ball in our playmakers' hands."
One of the highlights of the 2010 UFL season as a whole was Greisen playing twice in the final three weeks against his brother, Omaha Nighthawks middle linebacker Nick Greisen. Chris' Tuskers won both contests, as he went 23-for-31 for 215 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Week 8 at home and 17-for-26 for 200 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 in Omaha.
"We got face-to-face once, and the ref actually asked, 'Do you guys know each other ' '' said Chris, chuckling, after the first meeting of the brothers Greisen. "I said, 'Yeah, he's my little brother.' It was fun competing against him.''
As the Tuskers' backup in 2009, Greisen was 13-for-20 for 116 yards and a touchdown (97.1 passer rating).
This will be Greisen's third professional football league played in this year. He also played the 2010 Arena Football League season with the Milwaukee Iron, leading the league in passer rating (128.2) and passing yards (5,146), and finishing second in touchdown passes (107).
Greisen started his professional career with the Cardinals (1999-01), going 7-for-16 for 69 yards and a touchdown in three seasons, and was on the Washington Redskins' practice squad in 2002. He also has played with the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe (2003), the Green Bay Blizzard of arenafootball2 (2004), and in the AFL with the Dallas Desperados (2005-06) and Georgia Force (2007-08).
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