AFL NOTES: In the search for a quarterback with indoor experience to battle for the starting job, the Desperados signed Chris Greisen. Greisen – who has spent time with NFL and NFL Europe teams – was the second rated signal caller in af2 last summer. In addition to bringing knowledge of the angles and speed of the indoor game to Dallas, he also brings consistency as displayed by his accuracy and toughness at every level he has played. Greisen is looking to impress coaches enough to move to the top of the quarterback depth chart as he makes his Arena Football League debut this spring.
OTHER PRO EXPERIENCE: 2004 – Greisen earned indoor experience playing for the Green Bay Blizzard of af2. In 10 games, he finished second in the league with 2,718 passing yards, 61 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on 183-of-311 passing. 2003 – Greisen signed with the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe and connected on 76-of-131 passes for 843 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. 2002 – Greisen returned to training camp with the Arizona Cardinals but was released at the end of preseason. He signed to the Washington Redskins practice squad Dec. 18, where he remained for the last two weeks of the season. 2001 – In his third season in Arizona, Greisen was inactive for all 16 games as the team’s third quarterback. 2000 – Greisen saw time in two games for Arizona as a reserve quarterback, completing six-of-10 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. 1999 – After being drafted in the seventh round (239th overall) by the Arizona Cardinals in the 1999 NFL Draft, Greisen played in two games and was the emergency quarterback in 12 contests. He completed one-of-six passes for four yards.
COLLEGE: Greisen was a two-year starter and two-time All-America selection as he led Northwest Missouri State to the NCAA Division-II national championship. He finished his Bearcat career as the school record holder with 5,731 yards passing and 51 touchdown passes. 1998 – As a senior, he shattered school single-season records by completing 200-of-332 passes for 2,937 yards and 25 touchdowns to earn All-America, All-Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association first team and conference offensive player of the year honors. 1997 – In his first year as the starter, Greisen earned All-America first team and All-MIAA honors after connecting on 155-of-272 passes for 2,456 yards, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. 1996 – As a sophomore, Greisen appeared in eight games as a reserve, completing 15-of-28 passes for 284 yards and one touchdown to earn Academic All-MIAA honors. 1995 – As a true freshman, Greisen saw time in eight games as a reserve, hitting 13-of-31 passes for 178 yards and three scores. He also punted three times for 111 yards (37-yard average).
PERSONAL: A two-time all-conference selection at quarterback for Sturgeon Bay, WI, High School, Greisen also earned all-region honors for Sturgeon Bay’s basketball team. Born July 2, 1976, Greisen earned a degree in physical education with a minor in mathematics.