After months of waiting in the background behind Thomas Jones, the rookie running back has stepped into the limelight. And the world wants to hear what he has to say.
Expect to see much more of the 24-year-old - who had his coming-out party last Saturday against Cincinnati, running for 135 yards and a touchdown - this weekend when the Jets face San Diego in the divisional round.
Though Greene may be Jones' successor, his journey to the NFL is a cautionary tale; a lesson in how quickly a uniform can be taken away, how quickly a promising career can come to an end.
He moved, loaded and delivered furniture, all for $8 an hour.
"It was a very humbling experience," Greene said. "I was in school doing what I loved to do and all of a sudden, that was taken away from me."
The Jets traded up to select Greene with the 65th overall pick in the 2009 draft. The organization saw a hard-nosed, game-changing back; a durable bulldozer who picks up speed after contact.
And so far, he hasn't disappointed. "A lot of rookies hit that rookie wall at some point in the year but he got better and better and better," running back Leon Washington said.
Greene became more involved in the offense after Washington's season-ending leg injury. Greene emerged as the star last week, breaking a 39-yard touchdown run against the Bengals.
"I've never seen daylight like that since I've been in the NFL - which is not very long," he said. "So as soon as I saw that, I took off. I couldn't wait to get to the end zone."
Greene credits Jones for his development. "Every little thing he does, I pick at and learn from," he said. "He's pretty much taught me everything I do from this point out."
Greene is also thankful for his time at McGregor's and no matter how far his career may take him, Greene will forever think back to his days on that warehouse floor.
"All of the time," he said. "That's one of the reasons I'm here right now."
With Tom Rock