Greg came to Boys Hope Girls Hope as a 13 year old. His father had passed away when Greg was still a child, leaving his family in straitened circumstances and in a neighborhood where drugs, gangs, and violence were the norm. Boys Hope Girls Hope gave him a safe home and helped him work through the anger and frustration engendered by his father’s death. Between Boys Hope Girls Hope and the strong women in his life—his mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother—Greg matured from an angry and confused boy into a poised, confident, and accomplished young man with a dazzling future ahead of him.
The closest he’d come to the football field since the sixth grade was playing in the marching band. He had played basketball throughout his high school career. But the team’s coach, St. Xavier High School’s head coach Steve Specht, having seen Greg play basketball, recognized his athleticism and wondered if he might not excel in a different arena. He encouraged Greg to come out for football.
Greg led St. Xavier through a 14-0 undefeated season and a state championship, garnering athletic scholarship offers from the University of Connecticut, Michigan, Michigan State, Miami of Ohio, Wake Forest, Ohio State, North Carolina State, Boston College, and the University of Louisville. After an agonizing decision-making process, Greg, partially because of its proximity to his family, decided on the University of Louisville. "I'm so grateful for what Boys Hope has done for me and I always will be," Greg says. "If it wasn't for them, I might not be where I am right now. But my mother saw the potential in me and I'm grateful for that, too. I'm blessed."
Picked in in the seventh round of the draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2012, Greg is our first alumnus with a Super Bowl ring. Picked up by the Chicago Bears in 2015, Greg has remained close to Boys Hope Girls Hope, and returns to Cincinnati frequently to mentor our current scholars.