No. 5 New Orleans VooDoo
|Wide receiver / Return specialist|
|Date of birth:September 12, 1984|
|Place of birth: Houma, Louisiana|
|College: Louisiana State|
|NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 4 / Pick: 125|
|Debuted in 2006 for the Dallas Cowboys|
|Roster status: Active|
|CFL status: Import|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2008
|Stats at ArenaFan.com|
Skyler Green (September 12, 1984 in Houma, Louisiana) is a professional gridiron football wide receiver and return specialist for the New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League (AFL). He most recently played for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisiana State.
Born in Houma and raised in the New Orleans suburb of Westwego, Green went to L.W. Higgins High School. During his senior year, he rushed for 2,174 yards on 194 carries, as he played as a multi-threat quarterback.
During his career, Green was also particularly dangerous as a punt returner, returning his first punt as a Tiger for a touchdown at Arizona in 2003. He finished his LSU career with four punt returns for touchdowns, also scoring against the Florida Gators in 2003, the Vanderbilt Commodores in 2004, and the Auburn Tigers in 2005. On LSU's 2003 National Championship Team, Green led the nation in yards-per-return, at 18.5.
In 2002, Green's freshman year, he stepped in as one of LSU's three primary receivers late in the season after Devery Henderson broke his arm in the 11th game of the season against Ole Miss. The next week, at Arkansas, Green took a Marcus Randall screen pass 67 yards for a touchdown. Green finished the season with 7 receptions for 123 yards and 1 touchdown.
His best play of the year was against #7 Georgia (televised by CBS). With the score tied 10-10 with 1:22 left in the game, LSU faced a third and four from Georgia's 34. On what looked like a busted play, Green sprinted free for quarterback Matt Mauck, who lofted the ball toward Green just as he was getting hit by Georgia linebacker Odell Thurman. Green sprinted under the ball, dove to the ground in the end zone and caught the pass for a game-winning touchdown, sending the LSU-record crowd of 92,251 into a frenzy. A photo of catch was featured the next week in Sports Illustrated.
In 2004, Green's junior season, Michael Clayton and Devery Henderson were gone, but Green had to battle Craig Davis, Dwayne Bowe, and Early Doucet for time as one of LSU's three primary receivers. Green finished the season with 24 catches, 219 yards, and 3 touchdowns.
In 2005, Green's senior year, he caught 32 passes for 268 yards. He returned a punt for a touchdown. Green has two first cousins that play in the NFL; Jarvis Green currently of the New England Patriots and Howard Green drafted by the Houston Texans and played for the New Orleans Saints.
Awards and honors
- Second-team AP All-SEC (2003)
- Second-team Coaches' All-SEC (2003)
- First-team ESPN.com All-American (2003)
- First-team SI.com All-American (2003)
- Honorable mention AP All-SEC (2004)
- Second-team AP All-SEC (2005)
- First-team Coaches' All-SEC (2005)
- SEC Special Teams Player of the Year (2005)
- Third-team AP All-American (2005)
Green was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (125th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft, but was released at the end of the preseason and subsequently signed to the practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster on October 13, but waived two months later.
Green was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals on December 15, 2006, but did not play the rest of the season. He attended training camp with the team in 2007 and made the regular season roster, but was released on November 5. He finished the season on the Bengals' practice squad. Also he became married to Sheena Green. They have two children together. Sienna and Skyler jr.
New Orleans Saints
On January 3, 2008, the New Orleans Saints signed Green. He was released during final cuts on August 30 and re-signed to the practice squad two days later. After spending the majority of the 2008 season on the practice squad, Green was signed to the active roster on December 20 and made the most of a late-season promotion, appearing in the final two games and returning four kickoffs for 160 yards. He averaged 33.3 yards in his brief duty, including returns of 60 and 42 yards. 
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