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|Date of birth:October 12, 1954|
|Place of birth: Bradenton, Florida|
|High school: Fort Meade (FL)|
|NFL Draft: 1976 / Round: 2 / Pick: 29|
|Debuted in 1976 for the Seattle Seahawks|
|Last played in 1980 for the Houston Oilers|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1980
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Samuel Lee Green (born October 12, 1954) is an American former college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons during the 1970s and early 1980s. He played college football for the University of Florida, and received All-American honors. A second-round pick in the 1976 NFL Draft, Green played professionally for the Seattle Seahawks and the Houston Oilers of the NFL.
Green accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Doug Dickey's Florida Gators football team from 1972 to 1975. Memorably, as a sophomore in 1973, Green forced a critical fumble by Auburn Tigers tailback Sullivan Walker, which led to a touchdown and the Gators' margin of victory in a 12–8 upset of the Tigers at home—the Gators' first-ever win at Jordan-Hare Stadium. He was a team captain, a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection, and a consensus first-team All-American in 1975. Green was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2003. In one of a series of articles published by The Gainesville Sun in 2006, the newspaper's sports editors ranked him as the No. 51 all-time greatest Gator among the top 100 players from the first century of the Florida football team.
The Seattle Seahawks selected Green in the second round (twenty-ninth pick overall) in the 1976 NFL Draft, and he played for the Seahawks for four seasons from 1976 to 1979. He had three interceptions during his time with the Seahawks, including one that he returned ninety-one yards for a touchdown in 1979, the longest in Seahawks history. Green played his final NFL season for the Houston Oilers in 1980. He played in sixty-two NFL games in his five-season career, starting in forty-four of them.
Life after football
Green completed his master's degree at Iowa State University, and as of 2010, is working to complete a doctorate. He teaches English, humanities and composition at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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