Friday, June 12, 2009
Updated: June 13, 3:51 PM ET
Green retiring after 15 seasons
ESPN.com news services
Veteran quarterback Trent Green has decided to retire and plans to pursue a career in broadcasting.
The story was first reported Friday afternoon by FoxSports.com.
Green, whose career was hampered by injuries, played for five teams in 15 seasons and spent last season with the St. Louis Rams as Marc Bulger's backup. The Rams released him earlier this year.
He was the Kansas City Chiefs' starter from 2001 to 2005, passing for more than 3,600 yards in each season. But concussions -- most notably, a frightening hit in the 2006 season opener -- slowed his later career.
"He thinks it's the right time," Green's agent, Jim Steiner, said Friday. "He had
a long, prosperous, very successful career. He believes he can
still play, but the demand isn't real high out there right now and
he's not the type of guy who's going to sit around for four or five
months waiting for the phone to ring."
In 120 career games, Green completed 2,266 of 3,740 passes for 28,475 yards, with 162 touchdowns, 114 interceptions and a passer rating of 86.0. He threw for at least 24 touchdowns in three consecutive seasons (2002-'04 ) for the Chiefs and led the team to a pair of playoff appearances, in 2003 and 2006, losing to the Indianapolis Colts both times.
Dick Vermeil, who coached Green with the Chiefs, said Green called him Friday morning to let him know of his decision.
"For three years in a row, Trent had a 90 quarterback efficiency rating," Vermeil said from his home in Pennsylvania. "He was the only quarterback in the league who did that at that time. I don't know what more you can ask a guy to do. Very few did it better than him during the five years he was with the Chiefs."
One of Green's injuries helped shape the fortunes of another NFL quarterback.
Green was slated to be the Rams' starting quarterback in 1999 when he was hurt during a preseason game. Kurt Warner took over and led the Rams to a pair of Super Bowls.
Green, 38, earned a Super Bowl ring with the Rams in 2000 and was a two-time Pro Bowl player (2003, '05) while with Kansas City, where he threw for more than 4,000 yards in three straight seasons.
Green also played for the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins.
"I feel this is finally the right time," Green said, according to FoxSports.com. "I've talked about it with [the family] for a while, especially with the concussions over the last few years. We all felt it was the time to do it."
Green has decided to pursue a broadcasting career instead, according to the report.
"The way I approached the game, the amount of work I put into my preparation and being someone guys can turn to in the locker room, I don't want to be a guy who waits for someone to get hurt to get a job," he said, according to the report.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.