By Tim Linafelt
Seminoles.com Senior Writer
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After the 212th catch of Rashad Greene’s career, the one that moved him into a first-place tie with Ron Sellers on Florida State’s career receiving list, FSU senior associate AD Monk Bonasorte approached Greene on the sideline and gave one last reminder.
His next reception would be the one that broke a 46-year-old record.
Greene had to wait a little while between catches 212 and 213, but it finally came in the third quarter of FSU’s 38-20 win at Syracuse.
After a short pass from quarterback Jameis Winston on third-and-7, Greene scampered through the SU defense and picked up nine yards and a first down.
In the process, Greene placed himself in a category of his own, beyond the likes of FSU greats Sellers, who set the record in 1968, and Peter Warrick.
Warrick is third with 207.
“First of all, it’s an honor,” Greene said. “Just to be in a category, bypass guys like that — Ron Sellers and Peter Warrick.
“It’s a blessing and I’m very thankful and I can honestly say the hard work that I put in has paid off for me.”
Greene, a senior from Albany, Ga., finished with 107 yards on six catches, reaching the 100-yard mark for the fourth time this season.
And he’s within striking distance of another all-time record. Greene needs just six more touchdown receptions to tie Warrick’s career mark of 31.
“To be the leading receiver after some of the guys that went through Florida State University is a remarkable accomplishment,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said.
“Greatness is measured, to me, by consistency and performance over a long period of time, and that’s what he’s all about.”
And Greene did it all a week after suffering a concussion during last week’s game against Wake Forest.
Greene said there was some concern earlier this week that he might have to sit out, but, as the days progressed, he felt better and better.
He was able to return to practice without contact and didn’t experience any setbacks. After passing the FSU team doctors’ concussion protocol, Greene was granted permission to suit up and play.
“He ran and did all the things (in practice) and said, ‘Coach, I feel great,’” Fisher said. “I said, ‘OK.’ We felt good after that, that he would play, and that’s why he’s an amazing guy.”
Greene draws universal praise from coaches and teammates alike, both for the way he makes plays on the field and for his quiet demeanor away from it.
Fisher had to pull from an entirely different sport to find another athlete who compares to him.
The one he found has a pretty sterling track record of his own.
“He reminds me of Derek Jeter,” Fisher said. “He makes all the big plays when you have to, but the rest of the time you’re talking about somebody else all the time.
“He doesn’t go get the spotlight. He doesn’t need anything. Carries himself with tremendous professionalism and represents his organization – in the classroom, off the field, on the field – unbelievably.”
And, in typical fashion, Greene was quick to remind that FSU still has six more games to play.
Meaning that he still feels there’s room to improve. And, perhaps, more records to break.
“I still have a ways to go,” Greene said. “And I want to get better.”