Football: Stingers' Greenwood makes Kansas City Chiefs

Cory Greenwood has gone from west-end Montréal to the AFC West in less than a year. Last season's President's Trophy winner out of Concordia is, for the time being, on the Kansas City Chiefs' 53-man roster as a special teams terror, no mean feat when established CFL players were having a tough time cracking NFL rosters. Mike Koreen captured it for posterity:
"Greenwood overcame long odds to make the team. He was signed by the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent, almost a month after the NFL draft. Most top prospects who go undrafted are signed within days of the conclusion of the NFL draft.

"Of the six Canadian university players to sign with NFL teams this off-season, Greenwood was the only one to make a final roster.

"While he has made the team, nothing is certain in professional football, where contracts are not guaranteed. If Kansas City sees a player available on the waiver wire that it wants, the Chiefs could dump any player to make room for the newcomer."
Kingston Whig-Standard
A truth here is Greenwood got farther, in less time, than most undrafted free agents. What a testimonial to Greenwood's ability. It also speaks well for coaches who helped bring it out during his stops with the Stingers, the Ottawa Sooners juniors and in his hometown of Kingston, where Greenwood played his high school ball with the Regiopolis-Notre Dame ("Regi") Panthers.

Greenwood is believed to be the first Kingstonian to make a NFL team — and he's wearing No. 93, the digits another good Kingston boy, Doug Gilmour, made famous with the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1990s.

Rookie free agents probably don't get their pick of jersey number, but you have to love that coincidence.

Oddly enough, Greenwood's replacement at inside linebacker for Con U, fellow Kingstonian Max Caron, was QUFL defensive player of the week. Caron had a interception-return touchdown in the Stingers' win over Bishop's (although there was no return involved since he caught the ball while already in the Gaiters' end zone).

As a side note, there is probably great blog fodder to be had since Greenwood is just the latest Toronto Argonauts draft pick to end up in the NFL, although this one was tougher to predict.

That is more for a CFL blog, and what's that you say? Another Kingston product has hit the big-time this weekend with the debut of a CFL blog called The 55-Yard Line for Yahoo! Sports?

That is right. Perhaps this should be left for later, but our own Andrew Bucholtz (from Surrey, B.C., attended Queen's) is part of the Y! family. Please visit his new professional blog as often as possible.
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