Tim Green

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Tim Green
No. 99
Position:Linebacker / Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1963-12-16) December 16, 1963 (age 57)
Liverpool, New York
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:249 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Liverpool (NY)
NFL Draft:1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Quarterback sacks:24.0
Pass deflections:--
Forced fumbles:--
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR
Tim Green
Born (1963-12-16) December 16, 1963 (age 57)
Liverpool, New York
OccupationSports commentator, attorney, author, former linebacker
Years active1991–present

Timothy John Green (born December 16, 1963) is a retired professional American football player, a radio and television personality, and a best-selling author. He was a linebacker and defensive end with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League, a commentator for National Public Radio, and the former host of the 2005 revival of A Current Affair produced by 20th Television. In November 2018, Green announced that he was diagnosed with ALS.


Green graduated from Liverpool High School in 1982 and attended nearby Syracuse University. He graduated summa cum laude in 1986, and from SU's College of Law in 1994. He was named a two-time Academic All-American.[1] Green was a first round selection in the 1986 NFL Draft, taken 17th overall by the Atlanta Falcons.[2] Following his eight-year playing career, he was a commentator for the NFL on Fox and a co-host of Find My Family with Lisa Joyner on ABC Television in 2009.[3]

In 1985, Green was a contestant of the Crystal Light National Aerobic Championship.

In December 2011, Green was named a winner of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, given annually to six former NCAA student-athletes for distinguished career accomplishment on the 25th anniversary of their college graduation.[4]

Green's book Football Genius made The New York Times best-seller list of children's chapter books.[5] He serves on the National Writer's Project Writing Council[6] and has written over thirty novels in the adult suspense and youth sports genres.[7]

As an attorney, Green has been counsel with the law firm Barclay Damon LLP in New York State since February 1999. He has assisted in growing and developing the firm's client base focusing in energy and intellectual property.[8] In May 2014, Green partnered with former Assistant District Attorney Scott Brenneck. Their firm, Team Green Lawyers, PLLC, is composed of former prosecutors that are now working privately and offering criminal defense services.[9]

Green lives in Upstate New York with his wife, Illyssa, five children, and three dogs.[10]

On November 14, 2018, Green announced in a Facebook post that he has a slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.[11] On November 18, he was featured on 60 Minutes, discussing his life and struggles with the disease.



  • 1993 Ruffians (Turner Publishing)
  • 1996 Outlaws
  • 1998 The Red Zone
  • 1999 Double Reverse
  • 1999 Titans
  • 2000 The Letter of The Law (Warner Books)
  • 2002 The Fourth Perimeter (Warner Books)
  • 2003 The Fifth Angel
  • 2004 The First 48
  • 2005 Pie World
  • 2006 Kingdom Come
  • 2006 American Outrage
  • 2007 Football Genius
  • 2008 Football Hero
  • 2009 Football Champ
  • 2009 Above The Law
  • 2009 Baseball Great
  • 2010 False Convictions
  • 2010 Rivals
  • 2010 The Big Time
  • 2011 Best of the Best
  • 2011 Deep Zone
  • 2012 Pinch Hit
  • 2012 Unstoppable
  • 2013 Force Out
  • 2013 Perfect Season
  • 2014 New Kid
  • 2014 Home Run
  • 2015 Lost Boy
  • 2015 Kid Owner
  • 2016 Left Out
  • 2017 Baseball Genius
  • 2018 The Big Game


  • 1997 A Man and His Mother: An Adopted Son's Search
  • 1997 The Dark Side of the Game: My Life in the NFL
  • 2003 The Road To The NFL


  1. ^ "CoSIDA Academic All-Americans". Syracuse University Athletics.
  2. ^ "Page Not Found (404 error)". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Cite uses generic title (help)
  3. ^ "ABC.com - Television Shows & Programming". Abc.go.com. Archived from the original on January 28, 2010. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  4. ^ "NCAA Names Silver Anniversary Winners" (Press release). NCAA. December 1, 2010. Archived from the original on December 5, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  5. ^ Hakim, Danny (September 27, 2007). "Democrats May Get Celebrity in Senate Race" – via NYTimes.com.
  6. ^ "Writers Council - National Writing Project". www.nwp.org.
  7. ^ "Books listing" (PDF). www.amazon.com. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "Tim Green". www.barclaydamon.com.
  9. ^ "Syracuse NY Criminal Defense Lawyers". Team Green Lawyers.
  10. ^ "Tim Green - About Tim". timgreenbooks.com.
  11. ^ Mink, Nate (November 15, 2018). "Former Syracuse football legend Tim Green says he has ALS". syracuse.com.

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