Former Hawkeye Greenwood emerges from coma

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 14, 2011 7:20 AM

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Former Iowa safety Brett Greenwood is out of his medically induced coma, his high-school coach told The Daily Iowan on Thursday night.

Greenwood is "talking and standing up," said former Pleasant Valley High football coach Ed Morrissey.

Morrissey said he received an email on Thursday that detailed the news about Greenwood's status. He has been the spokesman for the Greenwood family since early September, when Greenwood collapsed while working out at Pleasant Valley High in Bettendorf.

Greenwood was initially taken to nearby Trinity Bettendorf hospital, but he was airlifted shortly thereafter to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he spent a significant amount of time. The 24-year-old was then transferred to a primary-care facility in Ankeny, Iowa, between two and three weeks ago, Morrissey said.

Greenwood graduated last year after starting four-straight seasons with the Hawkeyes. His 12 interceptions rank sixth all-time in Iowa football history. The Bettendorf native signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent but was cut from the team on Sept. 2.

When reached on Thursday night, Morrissey said he was relieved.

"To me, it's great news," he said. "I'm very pleased."

Morrissey said he plans on speaking with the Greenwood family today.

— by Matt Cozzi

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