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Saturday, August 2, 2008
Green gives charismatic speech

By James Walker
ESPN.com

 
 AP Photo/Mark Duncan
 Darrell Green, left, jokes around as fans cheer for him at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday in Canton, Ohio. At right is Fred Dean.

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

CANTON, Ohio -- The crowd of 16,654 rose to its feet before and after a rousing speech gave by former Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green.

Jared Green gave a delightful and often funny introduction of his father, who played 20 seasons in Washington until he retired at the age of 42.

But the former NFL's fastest man couldn't run from his emotions.

"You bet your life I'm going to cry," Green said. "You bet your life I will."

A few moments later, Green cried.

Green was proud of his teammates. He was proud of his parents. He was proud of his wife, and he was proud of his son that flawlessly introduced Darrell Green on one of the proudest days his life.

"That's my boy right there," Green said.

Green was charismatic in his speech. He talked about how he got his start in football, how he nearly quit in college after the death of his friend, and how former coaches such as Joe Gibbs shaped his career.

And it all culminated into a stellar Hall of Fame career that came full circle in Canton today. Not only that, he went in with his longtime teammate and friend -- receiver Art Monk.

"What a great day."