Greg Ward: A Success Story

Early Years

Greg Ward is a special person and has a special story; he is the definition of hard work and the underdog mentality. Ward has changed between quarterback and wide receiver multiple times throughout his career in football. He played for three years at John Tyler High School and impressed his final two years. His sophomore year he played wide receiver and finished the year with 53 receptions, 667 yards, and 8 touchdowns. During his Junior year he switched to quarterback and excelled. He put great numbers for it being being his first year at a new position, 3,596 yards and 32 touchdowns paired along with 1,212 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. His senior year he remained the starting quarterback and finished with even better numbers putting up 4,202 yards, 39 touchdowns along with 861 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. His fantastic play led to him being the Texas High School’s Player of the Year.

– Greg Ward as the QB for the John Tyler Lions.

College Career

Going into college Ward was labeled as a 3 star recruit and committed to the University of Houston. In his freshman year he played 10 games as the backup QB and WR finishing with only 310 passing yards and 1 TD along with 176 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns; he did even less at WR finishing with 95 receiving yards and a touchdown. During his sophomore year he became a starting wide receiver and totaled 15 receptions, 139 yards and a touchdown until Houston’s starting quarterback John O’Korn was benched which gave Ward an opportunity. He took over as the starting QB for Houston and finished with 2,010 passing yards, 12 touchdowns, 573 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns. The next season Ward would remain the starter and lead his team to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl game against Florida State where he would win Offensive Player of the Game. He finished his collegiate career with 8,704 passing yards, 52 TDs, and 26 INTs and would then begin the next chapter of his football career, the NFL.

-Ward showing his mobility scrambling in the pocket.

NFL/AAF Career

Ward did not get selected in the 2017 NFL draft and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent. Throughout the next year he would be cut and signed multiple times as he fought for a roster spot. Although he was never signed to the 53-man roster, the AAF became a golden opportunity for Ward to show his skills and get his NFL career back on track. In early January he signed with the San Antonio Commanders and would finish his AAF career with 22 catches for 214 yard before the league was forced to suspend football operations. He was signed and cut again multiple times with the Eagles before he was finally promoted to the active roster on September 21st of the 2019 NFL season. In week 3 he made his debut against the Detroit Lions but was waived shortly after. On November 23rd he would get another chance by being signed to the active roster and play in another game. He caught 6 passes for 40 yards in the Eagles’ 17-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks but he showed promise. Week 15 against the Washington Redskins he finally showed the world what he knew he could do. He caught 7 passes for 61 yard and the game winning touchdown which instantly made him a Philly hero. Greg Ward has shown everyone what hard work and determination can do; he kept fighting and living out his dream which ultimately paid off. At only 24 years old, Ward is just getting started.

– Greg Ward catching the game-winner against the Washington Redskins in week 15.

“I never really cared about what people had to say about me. I always believed in myself.” “I always knew what I could do. I always knew how I could help the team.”

– Greg Ward as the Eagles prepare for the week 17 road game against the Giants that would decide their playoff fate.

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