Mr. Jimmy Greene ’62
Jimmy Green introduced himself to Benedict College football in 1957, as a sensational freshmen quarterback and tailback, leading the Tigers to a 6-4 record and top place in total offense (passing and rushing) among teams in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. He said farewell in 1960 when BC went 8-2 for its best record in 10 years–a season which included a 32-18 win over South Carolina State Bulldogs in the Turkey Day Classic at Orangeburg.
In between, the Summerville, SC superstar consistently amazed teammates and spectators with his incredible all-around talent as a four-year letterman in football, basketball, baseball and track.
Greene was a take-charge quarterback who had tremendous poise, decision-making skills and accuracy. He was strong-armed, too, and often electrified BC fans as he did in 1958 by throwing a 60-yard bomb to end Herbert Platt to clinch a 18-8 victory over across-the-street-rival Allen University. His quickness afoot and cutback ability made opponents fear him as a runner.
In track, Jimmy teamed with famed football players Robert “Jet” Johnson, Johnny Grimes and David Carson to help Benedict field one of the strongest squads among small colleges in the southeast. Basketball seasons found him playing sparingly behind standout players Eddie Murphy and Earl Kegler; however, in his most memorable game, he scored 18-point when the Tigers beat nemesis SC State Bulldogs to win the 1961 SIAC championship. As a baseball player, his greatest thrill came after hitting two home runs in each game of a doubleheader.
Greene graduated in 1962 and was drafted by the Los Angles Rams of the National Football League, but accepted a larger bonus from the Montreal Allouetes of the Canadian Football League and played only briefly due to a severe knee injury. He then returned to his hometown high school as athletic director and head football coach, compiling a 38-6 record over four years. After moving to Atlanta, GA, he worked as an educator and recreation administrator until his retirement.
Today, Jimmy Greene is president of the Benedict College Booster Club and an active member of the Benedict College National Alumni Association, the NAACP and New Life Presbyterian Church in College Park, GA.