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Former Union-Endicott football player finding success on the field at SUNY Brockport

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PHOTO SOURCE: Josh Greenwood

BROCKPORT (WBNG) -- Former Union-Endicott football player Josh Greenwood has found success playing in the Empire 8.

The senior defensive end is adjusting this fall, after the Empire 8 postponed the football season.

"It's been a long time since I've not played football in the fall," Greenwood said.

Greenwood has claimed three championships with the Golden Eagles, one for each season he's played.

"We came in my freshman year we went 13-1 we played in the final four down in Texas against the number one team," he said. Then my sophomore year we were ranked third in the country. Then even this year we still one the E8 (Empire 8) championships."

Greenwood said the experience has been unbelievable, and the competition he faced while playing Section IV football helped him reach this level of success.

"Playing in Section IV helped a lot," he said. "I think it's a very physical section and it was just a really good like, it helped me get there to the next level. I think if I played somewhere else it would've set me back a little bit."

Greenwood said his biggest accomplishment was reaching the Final Four his freshman season.

"Playing in the Final Four, just that atmosphere we're on TV in the biggest stadium in the country," he said.

Aside from the team's accomplishments, Greenwood has some accolades of his own.

Greenwood was named defensive rookie of the year after his freshman season, and was named Empire 8 first-team and most valuable lineman his junior season.

With no football this fall, Greenwood working to get better on and off the field.

"Stay on top of my school make sure I'm doing okay and we're doing lifts and stuff now too," he said.

As someone who's been there before, Greenwood encouraged high school athletes to make the most of the postponement they're currently facing.

"At the end of the day they're trying to do their best to give you a season," said Greenwood. "If you do get the chance to play your senior season, or if it's your junior season just embrace it, work hard."

Greenwood graduated from Union-Endicott in 2017. He said he will stay at Brockport an additional year and play one more football season.

Nicole Menner

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