Greg Hardy is undoubtedly one of the most prolific athletes that Ole Miss has ever produced. The scary thing about that is, Hardy never really peaked at Ole Miss--hampered by injuries for a good portion of his collegiate career.
Hardy was among those expected to grace the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, but instead, he elected to return to Ole Miss for his senior season.
Despite the injury plagued seasons, Hardy registered an astounding 39.0 career TFLs and 26.5 sacks, including an SEC-best 10.0 in 2007.
Alongside the injury bug, Hardy faced character issues while at Ole Miss, having to constantly defend his desire to play football any longer. As so often seen in college football, Greg was the brunt of his fair share of rumors--including one that alleged him to have been kicked off the team by then first-year coach Houston Nutt in October of 2008.
The former Briarcrest star had a second surgery to correct a stress fracture, and re-aggravated the injury in a car wreck last summer that was allegedly due to intoxication. Then, he rolled his ankle in last season’s opener against Memphis, and missed the last four games of the regular season with a fractured wrist before returning for the Cotton Bowl.
Through it all, Greg was recently drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the 6th round of the 2010 NFL Draft, and when his name was called and the last sigh of relief had been expressed, there he was: All Grown Up.
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