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Darrell Green - NFL Giant

Updated on January 5, 2012

Former NFL cornerback Darrell Ray Green was born in Houston, Texas, on February 15, 1960. Darrell Green was the cornerback for the Washington Redskins from 1983 until 2002.

He is considered by most to be one of the best cornerbacks in the history of football. Green received his induction in 2008 into Pro Football's Hall of Fame.

Darrell Green earned the nickname "Ageless Wonder" because of his astonishing playing ability well into the later part his career. Green became famous for speed, as he was one of the fastest professional football players in NFL history.

While he was at Jesse H. Jones High School in Houston, Green was in All-State track as well as All-City football as a walk-on. Green played junior varsity football his junior year, and then varsity as a senior.

Green attended Texas A & I University, which is now known as Texas A & M - Kingsville, where he played college football. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree for general study in Lawrenceville, Virginia at St. Paul's College.

Green was selected to be captain by his teammates and was the first All-American of the team. He was also the MVP at the Lone Star Conference. During his last year of school, Green had four interceptions, fifty-six tackles and returned two puts for touchdowns. He was chosen for the Lone Star Conference Team of the Decade.

Green set a number of records, both national and conference and obtained ten All-American certificates in track and field. He was named as the most valuable performer on the track in both 1982 and 1983 at the Lone Star Conference Championships. He won several gold medals for his skills on the track. During his sophomore year, Green raced and defeated future Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis, who never ran against Darrell Green again.

Darrell Green was drafted 28th overall in the first round of the NFL Draft in 1983 by the Washington Redskins. During his first season game, he ran down Dallas Cowboy's running back Tony Dorsett, preventing a touchdown.

Green started for all sixteen regular season games his rookie season and came in fourth on the team for tackles with 109. He came in first for solo tackles at 79. He was named runner-up as the Associated Press' NFL Rookie of the Year.

Darrell Green was a star in the NFL for twenty seasons. He recorded 54 interceptions with 621 returning yards and 6 touchdowns. He also scored two touchdowns on returned interceptions during the post season.

He returned 51 punts at 611 yards and recovered 10 fumbles with 131 returning yards as well as 2 touchdowns. Green was with for the Redskins when they won Super Bowl XXII and XXVI and he started the game when they lost to the Los Angeles Raiders during Super Bowl XVIII. Darrell Green was only absent for 25 games throughout his entire professional career.

Green has won the NFL's Fastest Man competition four times to become the NFL history's only multiple winner to go undefeated.

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