By Tim Linafelt
Seminoles.com Senior Writer
@Tim_Linafelt on Twitter
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Rashad Greene has captivated Florida State fans for nearly four years.
For a few minutes on Saturday afternoon, Greene had the Seminole faithful holding their breaths.
Greene, FSU’s star senior receiver, absorbed a big hit late in the second quarter of FSU’s 20-17 win over Boston College. Doak Campbell Stadium fell flat as Greene gingerly clutched his right arm and headed for the locker room with team trainer Jake Pfeil.
Moments later, the 82,300 in attendance let out a collective sigh of relief when Greene trotted back onto the field and grabbed his helmet following a negative X-Ray.
“They were just scared he might have broken a bone there in the elbow when he took that shot,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “So Jake ran in and did a quick X-Ray and saw he was all right. Just hit real hard.”
Greene is one of Florida State’s most important players. His 83 catches and 1,148 receiving yards this season are more than double the amount of his next closest teammate.
No other Seminole has caught more than 40 passes or has more than 465 yards.
“This whole program is blessed to have him in it,” FSU quarterback Jameis Winston said.
Fisher said Greene didn’t suffer any damage to his arm or elbow, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t hurt.
He reemerged with his arm heavily wrapped and appeared to favor it for the rest of the game.
If he was hurting, though, Greene hid it well. He came back to finish with team highs in catches (eight) and yards (106) and gashed the Eagles for gains of 25 and 22 yards.
Fisher presented Greene with the game ball in the locker room.
“I mean, he’s got the heart of a lion. He’s going to keep producing. He’s going to keep performing and just keep moving on up in the record books.”
Greene’s return allowed him to do just that.
His 2-yard reception on FSU’s first drive gave him at least one catch in 40 straight games, surpassing former teammate Rodney Smith for the longest streak in school history.
Greene later caught a big prize – his 15-yarder in the fourth quarter lifted him past former All-American Ron Sellers (1965-68) for FSU’s all-time receiving yards mark.
Sellers had 3,598; Greene now has 3,613.
“It feels good,” Greene said. “It’s one of those things that I don’t really dwell on right now because I’m so focused on my teammates, this season and our goals.
“After everything is over and done with, it was a great accomplishment. I’m more proud of the win than my own accomplishments.”
Greene passed Sellers’ mark for career receptions earlier this season.
And with 27 career touchdowns and potentially four games left to play, Greene is within striking distance of Peter Warrick’s career record of 32.
“He has the catches now, he has the yardage,” Fisher said. “The only one left is the touchdowns. That guy is a heck of a player.”