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Darrell Green: ‘Hometown Hall Of Famer’

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 18, 2012 – 11:09 am

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Washington Redskins’ Hall-Of-Fame cornerback Darrell Green was honored this week by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance company as a “Hometown Hall of Famer” in his hometown of Houston.

Green on Tuesday was given the honor at his alma mater, Jones High School, and was presented a commemorative plaque that will be displayed at the school permanently, according to a release from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The “Hometown Hall Of Fame” program is designed to honor the hometown roots and contributions of football’s greatest players with ceremonies and plaque dedication events in their local communities. Redskins’ greats Sam Huff and Sonny Jurgensen have also earned the honor.

Green fielded questions from students in the crowd at Jones High School, and gave the youngsters some quality advice as they considered their post-secondary careers, according to the release:

“People always told me I was too short, or not good enough,” Green said. “But I listened to wha tmy father told me which was that I was a good player and I was fast and look where that got me. Look how well I did. Let me be a lesson that you can do anything and don’t let people bring you down.”

Green, who played cornerback for two years at Jones High School, went on to become an All-American in both football and track & field at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M-Kingsville).

He was selected 28th overall by the Washington Redskins in the 1983 NFL Draft and, over the next 20 seasons, established himself as one of the greatest Redskins and cornerbacks NFL history, recording 54 career interceptions, six of which he returned for a touchdown.

Green — a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Redskins — was elected to seven Pro Bowls, was voted to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s and was named All-Pro four times in his career. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

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3 Responses to “Darrell Green: ‘Hometown Hall Of Famer’”

  1. By sidman on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    my wife is gonna get me a frame too put my darrell green 70th anniversary jersey in it!!! darrell is one of my redskin favorite! HTTR.

  2. By james on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    Darrell Green exemplifies what a true redskin should be.

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