Happy Birthday Darrell Green!

Darrell GreenDarrell Green was born on February 15, 1960 in Houston, Texas. He played college football and track at Texas A&M-Kingsville. Green was drafted in the first round (28th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He is considered to be one of the greatest cornerbacks to ever play football. He scored the first time he touched a ball in the NFL, with a 61-yard punt return against the Atlanta Falcons in a preseason game. Green became known for his legendary speed and was one of the fastest players in the NFL. In 1991, he was the World’s Fastest Athlete. At age 40, Green was able to run the 40-yard dash in 4.2 seconds. He played with the Washington Redskins for 20 years, and he was admiringly referred to as “Mr. Redskin.” His lengthy career included two Super Bowl victories, seven selections to the Pro Bowl, and four of the NFL Fastest Man competitions.  Green had an interesting pre-game ritual of eating and sticking Tootsie Rolls in his sock – claiming the candy helped him run faster. In his 20 NFL seasons, Green recorded 54 interceptions, which he returned for 621 yards and six touchdowns -- with the help of those Tootsie Rolls, of course. Green retired after the 2002 season at the age of 42. He played for six head coaches: Joe Gibbs, Richie Petitbon, Norv Turner, Terry Robiskie, Marty Schottenheimer and Steve Spurrier. In 2008, Green was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Darrell Green is also known for his work off the field. In 1988, he founded The Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation. His foundation provides a wide range of academic development and education programs through the Darrell Green Youth Life Learning Centers, which operate in select neighborhoods. “I love playing against Darrell. Defensive backs and receivers will talk and cuss and fuss to get you out of your game. But he’s not that way. He plays the game. He’s not a dirty guy. You’ll be walking back to the huddle, and he’ll be smiling and say ‘Good route, good play. But I’ll get you next time.’” – Irving Fryar, former NFL wide receiver. A few of the many awards Darrell Green received throughout his career are as follows:

• 1996 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
• 1996 Redskin Alumni Player of the Year & Redskins Most Valuable Player
• 1997 USA Today Most Caring Athlete Award
• 1998 Redskins Player of the Year
• 2001 Texas Sports Hall of Fame

• 2002 Named to 70 Greatest Redskins Team
• 2003 Division II Football Hall of Fame Inductee

• 2004 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee
• 2008 Pro Football Hall of Fame First Ballot Inductee


 Look for a Darrell Green jersey from Mitchell & Ness in Fall 2010!

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