Tony Green (American football)

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Tony Green
No. 34
Kickoff returner, running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1956-09-26) September 26, 1956 (age 58)
Place of birth: Rochester, New York
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Sarasota (FL) Riverview
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 6 / Pick: 159
Debuted in 1978 for the Washington Redskins
Last played in 1979 for the Seattle Seahawks
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1979
Kickoff returns 66
Kickoff return yards 1,521
Punt returns 61
Punt return yards 581
Return touchdowns 2
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Anthony Edward Green (born September 26, 1956) is an American former college and professional football player who was a kickoff returner and running back in the National Football League (NFL) for two season during the late 1970s. Green played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Washington Redskins, New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks of the NFL.

Early years[edit]

Green was born in Rochester, New York in 1956.[1] He attended Riverview High School in Sarasota, Florida,[2] and he played high school football for the Riverview Rams.

College career[edit]

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 1974 to 1977.[3] Memorably, he rushed eleven times for 178 yards (a 16.2-yard average) against the Maryland Terrapins in 1974, and ran eighty yards for a touchdown against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in 1977.[3] He was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection as a senior in 1977.[3] Green finished his four-year college career with 2,590 rushing yards on 445 carries (a 5.8-yard average), 287 yards receiving, and 775 yards in punt and kickoff returns.[3]

Professional career[edit]

The Washington Redskins chose Green in the sixth round (156th pick overall) in the 1978 NFL Draft,[4] and he played for the Redskins for a single season in 1978.[5] He had a remarkable rookie season as the Redskins' primary kicker return specialist in 1978: forty-two punt return for 440 yards, and thirty-four kickoff returns for 870 yards.[1] Green was selected for the Pro Bowl as a kick returner after the season ended.[1]

He finished his NFL career in 1979, splitting the season between the New York Giants and the Seattle Seahawks.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Tony Green. Retrieved August 5, 2010.
  2. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Tony Green. Retrieved August 5, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 96, 138–140, 146–148, 150, 181 (2011). Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  4. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1978 National Football League Draft. Retrieved August 5, 2010.
  5. ^ a b National Football League, Historical Players, Tony Green. Retrieved August 5, 2010.

Bibliography[edit]

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  • Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
  • Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.
  • McCarthy, Kevin M., Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football, Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (2000). ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.
  • Nash, Noel, ed., The Gainesville Sun Presents The Greatest Moments in Florida Gators Football, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, Illinois (1998). ISBN 1-57167-196-X