TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Five years removed from a record-setting, championship-winning football career at Florida State, Rashad Greene might be busier than ever.
FSU’s all-time leader in career receptions and receiving yards, Greene and wife Jasmine have two sons – ages 5 and 1 – with another addition due in a few weeks. They have their hands full as the owners of All About Me Childcare, a daycare center not far from Doak Campbell Stadium.
And Greene, a two-time All-ACC selection and a key member of FSU’s 2013 championship team, is gearing up to head north, where he’s signed a contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.
All of that would be more than enough to keep Greene’s calendar full, but he has never been one to shy away from a challenge.
So, for the past several months, Greene has been on campus at FSU, where he returned to complete the final 15 credit hours needed to earn his bachelor’s degree in sport management.
His coursework now complete, Greene will participate in FSU’s virtual commencement ceremonies this weekend.
“It’s definitely exciting being able to accomplish something that I set out to do coming into Florida State,” Greene said. “It didn’t happen when I planned on it, but I was still able to get it done.”
And with style.
Despite not having been in a classroom in several years, and despite pursuing a difficult degree, Greene completed all 15 hours in one semester and finished with a 3.25 GPA within his major.
“Ever since his days as a player, Rashad has always been a devoted student,” said Kacy King, FSU’s associate athletics director for academics.
“Rashad is an absolute joy to work with, and we were thrilled to have him back on campus. He’s worked so hard this last semester and has absolutely earned this degree.”
Greene is the latest Seminole to take advantage of FSU’s degree-completion program, which is in place to assist former athletes wishing to return to school.
Former FSU standouts Kenny Shaw, Ryan Izzo, Josue Matias and Ernie Sims are among those to finish their degrees through the program, and several others are currently in attendance.
A fifth-round draft pick who spent four years with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, Greene got in touch with FSU’s academic support staff and quickly found that he’d have everything needed to get back on track in the classroom.
“It was smooth,” Greene said. “There was no hesitation, no hiccups. Nothing. The transition was awesome. And it always has been, just being able to reach out and let them know what I’m trying to do, and they get it done.”
Getting set up and enrolled was easy. Actually executing the plan proved to be a little more challenging.
Greene laughed as he remembered the days when all he had to worry about was football and school.
Now 27 years old, Greene said a typical day would include getting up before dawn, getting his oldest son, Rashad Jr., to school and then heading to Florida State for class.
He’d later work out, pick up Rashad Jr., and get back home for family time.
Somewhere along the line, he’d find a window to do homework or study for tests.
“There was a lot I had to prioritize to make sure my schedule and everything was done efficiently,” Greene said. “It was a task, but I’m proud of myself to be able to do it and do it a high level.”
And he did it with his young family in mind.
Greene said he wants his sons to grow up and pursue whatever they’re passionate about, whether that’s in athletics, academics or anything else.
The important thing is that they learn the value of working toward what they wish to achieve.
“The thing I want to show my boys is whatever it is that you want, you’ve got to make sure you put the work in to accomplish it,” he said. “Whatever you choose to do, make sure you put the work in. You can’t just hope and pray something happens.”
Greene already lived out that mantra in the classroom, and he plans to set another example in Canada this fall.
Regina, Saskatchewan, the home of the CFL’s Roughriders, is more than 2,000 miles from Tallahassee, but Greene still has dreams of playing professional football and he’s willing to work for them.
Greene hopes that a stop in Canada can help provide a route back to the NFL.
“(The NFL) is the ultimate goal,” he said.
The COVID-19 pandemic, of course, will have its say on the timeline, and Greene said the CFL, like all sports leagues, is playing a “waiting game” until it’s safe to resume competition.
And that’s not the only way that Greene has felt the pandemic’s effects. He had originally planned to walk in commencement ceremonies at the Tucker Center before the global situation forced things to go online.
Greene, for his part, is more disappointed for his wife and mother, who looked forward to seeing him in a cap and gown.
As far he’s concerned, he’s already taken care of the most important part.
“I’m satisfied,” Greene said, “and I’m forever grateful, just to be able to receive my degree from Florida State.”