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Greg Best

Football ∙ Blackhawk

 

 

 

 

The athletes with the most talent often never reach their full potential for a variety of reasons. Others, through sheer grit, hustle, and determination, achieve above and beyond their natural ability. Greg Best fits the latter category. Greg participated in three sports at Blackhawk High School but excelled at football, making second team All Conference as a junior and first team as a senior. However, his modest size deterred many college offers, so Greg walked on at Kansas State University in 1978, and before the season ended he had earned a spot in the Wildcats defensive backfield. Although being redshirted as a sophomore due to a broken elbow, he finished his career at KSU as a starter. As a senior, Greg helped Kansas State to its very first bowl game and not only made Big Eight Conference first team as a defensive back but was also named All American by The Sporting News. He was selected to play in the annual Blue-Gray game, where he had two interceptions and was the game’s defensive MVP. Although he was not drafted by the NFL, Greg was determined to give the pros a shot. He signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1983 and made the team. Against the Cleveland Browns, Greg returned a fumble 96 yards for a touchdown, a Steeler record, earning a game ball and recognition as the Special Teams Player of the Week. Greg played the following season in Cleveland and then went to Birmingham in the USFL, later playing for Montreal in the Canadian Football League and with Pittsburgh and New York in the Arena Football League before retiring in 1988. Greg returned to Beaver County as a project manager for S&S Maintenance Construction Company and kept involved in sports by coaching the Blackhawk Midget football team.