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Sometimes in life, you need a little luck to find your way into the profession you want to pursue.
Mike Greenberg, who’s in his 11th season with the Buccaneers and eighth as director of football administration, might never have even gotten into the NFL had former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and his wife not moved out of their home in Roslyn on Long Island.
The story behind Greenberg’s unlikely entrance into the NFL is one of kismet. This, in the words of Tannenbaum in an interview with The Post, is how it started for Greenberg:
“We were moving in Roslyn and Mike Greenberg’s family owns a moving company,’’ Tannenbaum recalled. “So, my wife, Michelle, spends the entire day with Mike Greenberg’s family. I come home that night after a long day at work and she’s like, ‘I just met the nicest people in the world. They own this moving company, and their son’s dream is to be you one day. He goes to Hofstra Law School. And, since they were so nice, I committed you to meet with him.’
“I’m like, ‘OK, no problem.’ Based on that, that’s how we hired Mike Greenberg.’’
Greenberg became so indispensable to Tannenbaum, he pleaded with him to stay with the Jets once he graduated law school.
“Of thousands of interns I’ve ever had, he was the best one by far,’’ Tannenbaum said. “He was with us for about a year and a half, and I tried to beg him to stay after he graduated, but [then-Tampa Bay GM] Mark Dominik hired him. That was a real smart move by Mark.’’
Greenberg, a Long Island native, interned with the Jets in 2008-09 alongside Jacqueline Davidson, whom Tannenbaum had also hired to work with the Jets. Davidson was hired by the Buccaneers this past July as their director of football research.
“He’s going to be a general manager,’’ Tannenbaum, now an ESPN analyst, said of Greenberg. “He’s exceptional. He’s incredible. They couldn’t survive without them. If I owned a team, I would hire both [Greenberg and Davidson] in my front office.’’
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Current Bucs GM Jason Licht raved about Greenberg and Davidson on Monday, crediting them with crucial contract work that has helped build the Bucs into a Super Bowl team.
“I think we’re set up beautifully thanks to Mike Greenberg and Jacque Davidson making decisions and giving me their input on how to set up contracts,’’ Licht said. “We’re still looking long term the way we set things up, and because of the job that Mike Greenberg and Jacque Davidson have done, we’re in position to do that.’’
On Tuesday, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians called Greenberg “invaluable to this organization.”
“Anything you need to know, you can ask Mike and he’ll know,” Arians said. “He’s absolutely amazing. He is tireless. He’s on the phone 20 out of 24 hours a day. I don’t think he ever sleeps.’’