Sammy Green

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Sammy Green
No. 56, 41
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1954-10-12) October 12, 1954 (age 63)
Bradenton, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: Fort Meade (FL)
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 1976 / Round: 2 / Pick: 29
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 62
Games started: 44
Interceptions: 3
Fumbles recovered: 2
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

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.

Early life[edit]

Sammy Green was born in Bradenton, Florida in 1954.[1] He attended Fort Meade High School in Fort Meade, Florida,[2] where he played high school football for the Fort Meade Miners.

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 1972 to 1975.[3] 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.[3][4] Green was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2003.[5][6] 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.[7]

While a student at Florida, Green was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (Theta Sigma Chapter).

Professional career[edit]

The Seattle Seahawks selected Green in the second round (twenty-ninth pick overall) in the 1976 NFL Draft,[8] and he played for the Seahawks for four seasons from 1976 to 1979.[9] He had three interceptions during his time with the Seahawks, including one that he returned ninety-one yards for a touchdown in 1979,[9] the longest in Seahawks history.[10] Green played his final NFL season for the Houston Oilers in 1980.[9] He played in sixty-two NFL games in his five-season career, starting in forty-four of them.[1]

Life after football[edit]

Green completed his master's degree at Iowa State University, and as of 2010, is working to complete a doctorate. He Has now retired from Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b, Players, Sammy Green. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  2. ^, Players, Sammy Green Archived 2011-05-15 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  3. ^ a b 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived 2012-04-02 at the Wayback Machine., University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 87, 91, 96, 124, 153, 173, 181 (2011). Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  4. ^ 2012 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, pp. 8 & 14 (2012). Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  5. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  6. ^ "Nine Inducted Into UF Hall of Fame", (April 11, 2003). Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  7. ^ Robbie Andreu & Pat Dooley, "No. 51 Sammy Green", The Gainesville Sun (July 14, 2006). Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  8. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1976 National Football League Draft. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
  9. ^ a b c National Football League, Historical Players, Sammy Green. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
  10. ^ "Reed rumbles 108 yards for NFL record; Longest interception returns by team", Pro Football Hall of Fame (November 24, 2008). Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  11. ^ Gary White, "Polk's Former Pros Have No Regrets", The Ledger (August 28, 2010). Retrieved August 26, 2011.


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