Chat with Jarvis Green
Green was drafted by the Patriots in the 4th round of the 2002 draft.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, Houston Texans defensive end Jarvis Green stops by to chat as part of ESPN.com's tribute to Black History Month.
Green spent the first eight years of his career with the New England Patriots before moving on to the Denver Broncos and then the Houston Texans during the 2010 season. As a member of the Patriots, he won back-to-back Super Bowls in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
Send your questions now and Green Thursday at 2 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (1:56 PM)
Houston Texans' DL Jarvis Green will be here at the top of the hour to chat some NFL and Black History Month!
Buzzmaster (2:00 PM)
We've got Jarvis!
What kind of trash talking goes on when you're in your 3-point stance, waiting for the ball to get snapped?
Jarvis Green (2:01 PM)
There is a lot of things going on. We talk about anything. If he's a big guy, we might talk about him. A lot of the guys know each other, so they can get personal. In New England, you'd think we were talking about how good we were, but any given Sunday you can lose, so you don't want that to come back to you.
Jarvis, are you still active in the community through your foundation after having left the Patriots?
Jarvis Green (2:02 PM)
Yes, I'm very active, still in the Boston, Providence area. I have some more events coming up in March. I will always be active in the New England there, even though I'm not up there playing any more. We'll be working there now and in the future.
Jarvis, what is your assessment about the lockout and do you think a deal will be reached?
Jarvis Green (2:03 PM)
With the lockout, I think a deal will be reached. A lot of things are going on. The things that the owners and players are asking for, we have to meet somewhere and solve this problem.
Jarvis, I know that with the Patriots, you used your education and did a lot of non-football work when not suited up. Do you still take time to cultivate your non-NFL talents? If so, what?
Jarvis Green (2:04 PM)
Right now, I bought a construction company about a year ago. I went to school for engineering. That's what I'm doing now. That and the work with my foundation. I've been reading a lot of more business books and reports on how to handle your money.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
Jarvis Green (2:05 PM)
For me, Black History Month is something very personal. Reality and life has changed so much over the last number of years for the positive for blacks and minorities. I wish it could be 12 months long. The political leaders and others that worked and died for everything to be fair.
Hey Jarvis, who was your favorite player growing up?
Jarvis Green (2:06 PM)
My favorite player growing up had to be Lawrence Taylor. Watching him play and talk smack. I remember my mom buying the LT video in high school. I probably watched it about 100 times. I met him about a year ago with coach Pepper Johnson. That was a dream come true.
Hey what do you think about arian foster next season if there is not a lockout? You think he'll do good again or a one time thing?
Jarvis Green (2:07 PM)
When I went to Houston, I watched that guy practice. He reminds me of Emmitt Smith in how he runs. He came a long way from being an undrafted free agent to the NFL rushing champ. Houston has a great OL and I think he'll produce again next year.
Jarvis at this stage in your career do you still get pregame gitters?
Jarvis Green (2:08 PM)
If you're human, you're going to have the butterflies and the jitters. Playing nine years and all of the big games, still you get those pregame jitters. I still do.
Do you find it weird that the Patriots got rid of you, Jarvis Green, and then got a dude named BenJarvis Green-Ellis? That's like your name sandwiched in some other dude's name. That's weird.
Jarvis Green (2:09 PM)
I got a big laugh from that. Everyone calls him the Law Firm. He's from New Orleans.
Jarvis, what is your favorite stadium to play in?
Jarvis Green (2:10 PM)
I would have to say the best stadium I played in had to be Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Every time you play them, it's a big game. The fans are intense. They have a lot of clout. In 2004, the AFC championship, playing against the Steelers, had to be the best game I've played in. It had everything you're looking for from the NFL playoffs.
What kind of charity work do you do through your organization?
Jarvis Green (2:11 PM)
The foundation, we help disadvantaged children and working mothers. The mothers are those that are working, have a job and busting their tails to make ends meet. We help Boys and Girls Clubs. I would suggest going to the website to contact us and we can help you out.
Darell(houston) [via mobile]
Do you think its time the texans finally get over the hump next season? What do you think its going to take, I'm hoping someone like von miller falls to us in the draft, he would be a perfect fit for that 3-4 opposite of Cushing.
Jarvis Green (2:12 PM)
I think everybody just needs to play 60 minutes. The team has so much talent. You have to learn to finish games. Play for 60 minutes. It's personal. You are all brothers.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What NFL Teams do you look forward facing each year?
Jarvis Green (2:13 PM)
When I was New England, it had to be the Colts and the Steelers. Every week is a big week, but those games were special, because somebody was playing for something each time.
How is playing with Dameco Ryans and how is his recovery coming?
Jarvis Green (2:13 PM)
I didn't play with him, because by the time I got to Houston, he was IR. I talked with him a lot. He's a great guy.
Hey Jarvis, what has been your favorite moment in your career?
Jarvis Green (2:14 PM)
It has to be 2003. My second year in the league, AFC championship game against the Colts. I had 2.5 sacks in the game. Saying I helped the team get to the Super Bowl. My biggest moment.
Jarvis Green (2:15 PM)
Check out JarvisGreen.com for upcoming foundation events. I also have my Twitter: @JGBayousFinest and my Facebook fan page: Jarvis Green.
Buzzmaster (2:15 PM)
Thanks for chatting Jarvis!