Darrell Green is one of the best-known players ever in the National Football League and a two-sport All-American at Texas A&I. He was inducted into the Javelina Hall of Fame in 1989.
Green retired after the 2002 season after 20 years with the Washington Redskins. He was a first-round draft pick after finishing his career with the Javelinas. He is expected to be a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee when he becomes eligible five years after his retirement.
Green played football for four years at Texas A&I and was on the track and field team for three years.
From Houston Jones High School, Green was an Associated Press Little All-America and American Football Coaches Association All-America first-team honoree. He was on the All-Lone Star Conference first team as a junior and senior and was selected as the LSC’s most valuable player in 1982. He was selected by his teammates as a captain in 1982.
He was selected to the Lone Star Conference Team of the Decade for the 1980s.
Green got much of his collegiate notability in track.
His first meet came in the spring of 1981 in San Angelo and he ran a 10.08 in the 100-meter dash. That was the beginning of his reputation as one of the world’s fastest runners. The mark still stands as the all-time best in the Lone Star Conference.
Green holds the Lone Star Conference records, which are set at the annual conference meet, in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. His times are 10.22 in the 100 and 20.67 in the 200.
His all-time collegiate best in the 100 was 10.08, 20.50 in the 200 and 45.90 in the 400. He ran on relay teams that recorded 40.43 in the 400 and 3:10.06 in the 1600.
He was named the most valuable track performer at the 1982 and 1983 Lone Star Conference Championships. He won gold medals at the LSC meet in the 100-meter dash in 1981, in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes in 1982 and in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes in 1983.
Green was named to the NCAA Division I All-America roster in 1981 and 1982, and was on the NCAA Division II All-America team in five events in 1981 and 1982. He was NAIA All-America in 1981 and 1982 in four events.
Green was on All-America first teams in track and field 10 different times.
Green has been inducted into the NCAA Division II Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor and the Javelina Hall of Fame.
In his first season with the Redskins in 1983, Green was named the NFL Rookie of the Year.
He has been a seven-time All-Pro defensive back, four-time NFL Fastest Man honoree and two-time Super Bowl championship team member.
During his first regular-season game with the Redskins, he made his first hallmark play when he chased down the legendary Tony Dorsett of the Dallas Cowboys to prevent a touchdown.
He holds the following NFL and Redskin records:
*First NFL player to make at least one interception in 19 consecutive seasons.
*First NFL player to return an interception for a touchdown at age 37.
*First NFL player to play cornerback at the age of 42.
*First Redskin to play 20 consecutive seasons, start in 254 games and play 279 games.
*First Redskin to have 54 interceptions.
*First Redskin to return a fumble 78 yards for a touchdown, longest in Redskin history.
*First Redskin to return six interceptions for touchdowns in a season.
Green founded the Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation in 1988 to create doors of opportunity for children living in insecure environments. This mission is accomplished through community-based, values-driven learning centers operating in select urban, suburban and rural neighborhoods throughout America.
The first Darrell Green Youth Life Learning Center was established in 1993 and there are now six centers operating in three states.
Green has received an honorary doctorate from Marymount University, honoring him for his extraordinary humanitarian endeavors. He has also received honorary doctorate degrees from George Washington University and American University.
He is chair of President George W. Bush’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, which was created by an executive order in January 2003 and recognizes contributions Americans are making in communities through volunteer service.
Green serves on the board for the Baltimore-Washington 2012 Olympic Games bid, NFL/NFLPA Sept. 11 Relief Fund and the Loudoun Education Foundation.
He has received the NFL/True Value Man of the Year award, the NFL Bart Starr Award, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year honor, the Redskin Alumni Player of the Year award, the Redskins Most Valuable Player award, the Ken Houston Humanitarian Award, the USA Today Most Caring Athlete Award, the U.S. Sprint Good Sportsmanship Award, the Redskins Player of the Year honor, the Sporting News Good Guy Award, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award and the Sporting News Top 100 Athletes of the Century Award.
He and his wife, Jewell, have three children: Jerrell, Jared and Joi. They reside in the Washington D.C. area.