Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.
Name: Adam Greene
College: University of Maryland
Height, weight, class, position: 5-11, 193-pound senior place kicker
High School: Broadneck High School, Arnold Maryland
About Greene: This is the second season Greene is the starting place kicker for the Terrapins. … He made his first appearance for Maryland as a redshirt sophomore in 2015 in a relief effort and his first start was against Michigan State. … President of the Maryland Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, Vice President of Maryland’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. … 2017 AFCA Good Works Team nominee and Wuerffel Watch List nominee. … A three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten. … Two-time All-State selection in high school and holds the Maryland state field goal record with 27.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
Greene: I will never forget my first home game I played in verses Wisconsin. After an injury to our starter on the opening kickoff, I had to step in as our team’s field goal kicker. Within minutes I had my first college attempt, a 44-yard kick from the right hash. The feeling of making my first field goal and seeing the team’s reaction and support was unforgettable! Our team rallied in the fourth quarter and started chipping away at Wisconsin’s lead. We scored with 3 minutes left to bring it to within sevent points. I went in for the onside kick to give our team a chance to tie the game. It avoided all of Wisconsin’s players and bounced right into our returner’s hands and our unit ran to the end zone. Unfortunately a flag was thrown calling it back but that was an incredible way to start my career two years ago!
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?
Greene: I had always been heavily involved in the community through my church and adaptive athletics in high school. But when I came to Maryland I was in a communications class that had us watch various Ted Talks and I came across a video of a boy who was diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder, Progeria, who talked about his philosophy towards a happy life. The video struck me and within the next week, an upperclassman mentioned Maryland’s involvement in Uplifting Athletes and tackling rare diseases. Since then I joined the cause and it has been incredible using the platform we have as athletes to use our talents and abilities for a purpose larger than football itself. This past year we tripled our Chapter’s fundraising and were able to bring nearly half the team to the National Institute of Health to visit and meet children diagnosed with rare diseases.
As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
Greene: Nothing beats running out of our tunnel with the flames and fireworks shooting around us to see a stadium supporting the team. It’s a feeling that never gets old and fires you up for the game.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
Greene: My favorite NFL player is Matt Stover. When I was younger, Matt was an extremely influential role model for me. We met when I was 12 years old at one of his summer kicking camps where I competed and finished first amongst the kickers who attended. Since that day, he took me under his wing and crafted me into the kicker I am from my form, technique, and character. He was an example of a man of faith who performed and became one of the best kickers ever in the League and he has been there to help guide me along my college career.
If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
Greene: Warren Buffett. Off the field I have been captivated by the field of finance and investing. Last December I graduated with a double major in Finance and Information Systems and I am currently completing a Masters in Quantitative Finance. It would be amazing to talk and learn from one of the most successful investors ever to hear his advice for my future career to come.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
Greene: Wisconsin definitely tops the charts. Being in the Big Ten you experience some incredible football fans and atmospheres but when the stadium shook from “Jump Around” and the crowd got into the game it became my favorite.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football or big goals for the future?
Greene: First and foremost is family as that is incredibly important to me. But it’s my goal to work on Wall Street after football and leverage what I have learned through sport and school in a career there. I would love to travel and experience new cultures and places. It’s been my dream to become a President or CEO of a company so there is a lot in store and I’m excited to continue my philanthropic endeavors and see where the future takes me.
What is your perfect pizza?
Last three songs you added to your playlist?
Greene: Boys of Fall – Kenny Chesney; Thunderstruck – AC/DC; 19’ Something – Mark Willis
Taylor Swift or Miley Cyrus?
Greene: Taylor Swift
If you could spend the day with any celebrity, who would it be?
Greene: Jennifer Anniston
What was the last movie you went to the theater and saw?
Greene: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 with my brother
In the mountains or on a beach?
Greene: On a beach
What’s the last picture you took with your phone?
Greene: Our freshman student section cheering and getting ready for game day