Ahman Green

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Ahman Green
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Ahman Green with the Packers in 2003
No. 30, 34
Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: (1977-02-16) February 16, 1977 (age 44)
Omaha, Nebraska
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Omaha Central
(Omaha, Nebraska)
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 1998  / Round: 3 / Pick: 76
Career history
As a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As an administrator:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:2,056
Rushing yards:9,205
Rushing touchdowns:60
Receiving yards:2,883
Receiving touchdowns:14
Player stats at NFL.com  ·  CFL.ca (archive)

Ahman Rashad Green ( /ɑːˈmɑːn/ ; born February 16, 1977) is a former American football running back who played 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). Green played college football at Nebraska and was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 3rd round of the 1998 NFL Draft, playing there for two seasons before being traded to the Green Bay Packers, with whom he played for eight of the next ten seasons. Green also played for the Houston Texans, and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection with the Packers, where he holds the franchise record for rushing yards. He is currently the head Esports coach at Lakeland University.


Early years

Green was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and attended Omaha North before transferring to Omaha Central for high school. He was a high school All-American selection and state 'Player of the Year' as a senior. [1]

In addition to football, he also ran track and field. He currently holds the 10th fastest 100 meter dash ever in the state of Nebraska, at 10.61 seconds. [2]

Green also competed in powerlifting in high school, placing 2nd in the ADFPA High School National Powerlifting Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

College career

Green was a standout running back and three-year starter for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. He was an integral component and key contributor on two national championship squads.

Freshman (1995)

As a freshman, Green was perhaps overshadowed by his backfield mates running back Lawrence Phillips and quarterback Tommie Frazier. He was a major contributor during Nebraska's 1995 championship run. He rushed for 1,086 yards (still the school's single-season freshman rushing record) and 13 touchdowns on 141 carries (7.7 avg.) and was honored as a freshman All-America selection by Football News. In addition, he earned Big Eight all-conference and 'Freshman of the Year' honors. [1]

Sophomore (1996)

As a sophomore in 1996, Green compiled a team-leading 917 yards on 155 carries and seven touchdowns, despite a turf toe injury. Green had a career-high 214 yards against Iowa State University that season. [3]

Junior (1997)

As a junior, Green garnered All-Big 12 Conference recognition and was named second-team All-America by the Associated Press and The Sporting News as Nebraska again captured the national championship. He was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, the annual honor for college football's top running back, in 1997. During that campaign he carried the ball 278 times for 1,877 yards (6.8 avg.) and 22 touchdowns (a school record for juniors). He posted 12 consecutive 100-yard games, including three contests with over 200 yards (he also had 99 yards on nine carries in the opener against Akron).

During his collegiate career, Green compiled 3,880 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns, both totals good for second place on the Cornhuskers' all-time list. He also posted 300 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 35 catches. One of Green's best collegiate performances came on January 2, 1998, in the Orange Bowl. He rushed for an Orange Bowl record 206 yards and two touchdowns in Nebraska's 42–17 victory over #3 Tennessee, breaking the previous 20-year-old record of 205 yards held by Arkansas running back Roland Sales. Green was also named the 1998 Orange Bowl MVP. The performance marked the Cornhuskers' record-setting third national championship in four years, due partially to a requirement that the champion of the Big Ten Conference (#1 Michigan that season) play the winner of the Pac-12 Conference in the Rose Bowl.

College statistics

YearSchoolGRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TDRecRec YdsRec AvgRec TDScri PlaysScri YdsScri AvgScri TD
College Totals57438806.842353008.6360941806.945

Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table Generated June 27, 2017.

Bowl games

Green played in a bowl game each season he was at Nebraska. In the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, he rushed for 68 yards and one touchdown. [4] In the 1996 Orange Bowl (played at the end of the year), he rushed for 52 yards, and in the 1998 Orange Bowl, he rushed for 206 yards and two touchdowns. [5] [6]

Professional career

Seattle Seahawks (1998-1999)

Green was drafted in the third round (76th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Although Green produced a high rushing average (6.0 in 1998 and 4.6 in 1999) he had difficulty earning significant playing time behind established veteran Ricky Watters.

Green Bay Packers (2000-2006)

Ahman Green runs in for a touchdown against Seattle on December 27, 2009. Ahman Green scores.jpg
Ahman Green runs in for a touchdown against Seattle on December 27, 2009.

In 2000, Green was traded along with a fifth round draft pick to the Green Bay Packers for Fred Vinson and a sixth round pick. [7] He was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl from 2001 to 2004 and broke several franchise records. From the time he joined the Packers in 2000 up through the end of the 2004 season, Green gained more yards from scrimmage (9,036) and rushing yards (6,848) than any other NFL player. Green's highest rushing touchdown per game total came in 2002, when he scored three in a 30-9 win versus the then-Washington Redskins. In 2003, he had his best year as a professional and set the Green Bay franchise record by running for 1,883 yards in the regular season, and three of his highest rushing yardage games came that season (218, 192, 176). That year, he became the first and only player in NFL history to record at least 1,850 rushing yards, average 5.0 yards per carry, score 20 touchdowns and catch 50 passes in one season. He threw a touchdown pass on October 17, 2004 vs. the Detroit Lions. [8] During his time with the Packers, Green became one of two players in NFL history to have two touchdown runs of 90 or more yards (Bo Jackson is the other). [9] Despite his injury-shortened 2005 season, the Packers re-signed Green to a one-year, $2 million contract, with an extra $3 million in incentives. After the 2006 season he became a free agent.

Houston Texans (2007-2008)

On March 4, 2007 Green signed a four-year, $23 million deal with the Houston Texans. He was reunited with his former head coach and former Texans' assistant head coach Mike Sherman along with former Packers running back Samkon Gado. He was asked to handle the bulk of the load at running back after a 2006 season in which the Texans used a "running back by committee" approach. [10] Across his two seasons with the Texans, Green rushed 144 times for 554 yards and two touchdowns and also caught 25 passes for 155 yards. [11]

On February 10, 2009, Green was released by the Texans.

Green Bay Packers (second stint, 2009)

Ahman Green officially re-signed with the Green Bay Packers on October 21, 2009, after the Packers placed running back DeShawn Wynn on injured reserve. [12] With his former number, 30, taken by fullback John Kuhn, Green wore No. 34, the same number as former Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton, whom Green idolized as a young player. [13] On November 8, 2009 Green broke Jim Taylor's record to become the all-time leading rusher in Packer history. [14] In his final NFL season, Green was primarily used in a reserve role, rushing 41 times for 160 yards and one touchdown and also catching 3 passes for 18 yards.

Omaha Nighthawks (2010)

Green joined the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League for the 2010 season. [15] He was a part of the Nighthawks' 40-man protected roster, started 8 games for the Nighthawks. [16]

Montreal Alouettes (2011)

On February 7, 2011, the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League announced they signed Green to a tryout contract, signing Green to an official contract in March of that year. [17] [18] Green was released on Sunday of training camp on June 5, 2011 after arriving with an injured hamstring. [19]


Green announced his permanent retirement from football in August 2011. [20]

NFL career statistics

Rushing statistics [21]

1998 SEA 16352096.0641811
1999 SEA 14261204.62101200
2000 GB 162631,1754.539106132
2001 GB 163041,3874.68395754
2002 GB 142861,2404.34375432
2003 GB 163551,8835.398159675
2004 GB 152591,1634.59075564
2005 GB 5772553.31301110
2006 GB 142661,0594.07055522
2007 HOU 6702603.71821700
2008 HOU 8742944.01432300
2009 GB 8411603.9261800

Receiving statistics [21]

1998 SEA 16320.730000
2000 GB 16735597.73132932
2001 GB 16625949.64222400
2002 GB 14573936.92321911
2003 GB 16503677.32751900
2004 GB 15402756.94811710
2005 GB 5191477.7200800
2006 GB 14463738.12011420
2007 HOU 6141238.8530200
2008 HOU 811322.980000
2009 GB 83186.0120200

Green Bay Packers franchise records


High school



Personal life

Green was named after former NFL wide receiver and current broadcaster Ahmad Rashād. [22] He has an uncle, Michael Green, who also attended Nebraska as a running back in the late 1960s and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers but never appeared in a game.

In 2003, Green completed his undergraduate degree at Nebraska after taking classes at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, receiving a bachelor's degree in geography. [13]

On September 21, 2012, Green was inducted into the University Of Nebraska Football Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Football Hall of Fame on July 19, 2014.

Green has lived in Green Bay since his retirement, and is an avid video-gamer and comic book fan – so much so that his nickname is "Batman", illustrated further by a calf tattoo of the superhero. [13] He operates a sports training facility in the city, and serves as a spokesman for the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Association. [23] From 2012 to 2014, Green served as co-owner of the Green Bay Blizzard, an arena football team. [24]

In 2006, Green played a small role in the film Big Stan as the prisoner Diamond King. [25] [26] Green also had a small role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as an unnamed thug, but his scene was cut from the final version of the film. [23] [27]

On June 26, 2017, Green was arrested on charges of child abuse and disorderly conduct after his daughter (from a previous marriage) claimed Green pushed her and struck her in the head over a dispute about chores. [28] Green eventually entered a plea bargain where he pled no contest to reduced charges of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct, claiming that he did not want to subject his daughter to a jury trial. He received 18 months probation. [29]

In February 2020, Green was named head coach of Lakeland University's new varsity eSports team. [30] [31]

In November 2021, Green is scheduled to be the host for the finals of the first ever Mid-America Gamers Expo in Council Bluffs. [32]

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