Thursday, December 12, 2013
Son of HOF Green signed to practice squad
By Paul Gutierrez
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- While the Oakland Raiders quietly signed receiver Jared Green to their practice squad on Wednesday, the move did not go unnoticed in his father’s house.
Not when his father is Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green, who played 20 seasons in Washington, won a pair of Super Bowl rings in the 1987 and 1991 seasons but was denied on his first try as a rookie by the Raiders in Super Bowl XVIII.
"My dad is just so excited that I got the opportunity to be here because Al Davis told him when he was younger that he wanted to draft him, he wanted him to play here," the younger Green said Wednesday. "My dad always loved the mystique about this team.
"We’re just thrilled to be a part of this. This is more than a team; this is a legacy, and when you think about football, this is one of the teams that you think about."
The 6-feet-1, 186-pound Green spent his first three years of college at Virginia before transferring for his senior season to Southern. He was undrafted in 2012 and was signed to the Carolina Panthers practice squad.
Green then signed a futures contract with the Dallas Cowboys before coming to Oakland on a tryout on Tuesday and signing the next day, along with linebacker Eric Harper.
With less than three weeks remaining in the season, Green realizes there is precious time to make a mark on the practice squad.
"My ultimate goal is to play football like I know how to play football, to enjoy myself, to seize the opportunity," Green said. "There’s a lot of kids, or, young men that were in my shoes last week wondering, Hey, I wonder, is this game still, does it got anything for me?
"For me to have the opportunity to be blessed and have a spot here, it’s amazing. I’m married ... have a baby due in April, so I’m here to work and I’m here to just enjoy this blessing that God has given me."
Green, who presented his father in Canton, Ohio, for his Hall of Fame induction speech in 2008, has been assigned No. 16, the number worn by Jim Plunkett when he beat Washington and Green’s father on Jan. 22, 1984.
"Oh yeah," Green said with a smile, "I know my history."