Last week, former Husker running back Ahman Green became a member of the Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame. While this year's class has many distinguished inducties, BRN would like to pay special tribute to Green.
He was an excellent player in high school and college, and his strong NFL career continues. Perhaps most importantly, he was a key figure during one of the great runs in Nebraska football history.
Green was a bonafide star at Omaha Central High. As a football player, his exploits were great enough that his high school jersey was recently retired. Green also excelled on the track. He won three state championships his senior year. Green won the 100 meters (10.61, one one hundredth off of the state record time), the 200 (21.91) and anchored the winning 400-meter relay team.
Ahman at NU
Green was one of the most highly regarded recruits of his era. He chose NU over schools like Notre Dame, despite the Husker having many running backs on scholarship. Husker fans were sure glad he did. Green contributed heavily as a true freshman in 1995, going for a freshman-record 1,086 yards as the Husker steamrolled to a national championship.
That was just the beginning for Green at NU. He would go on to rush for 3,880 yards. There is a real possibility that he could have broken then NU record for career rushing yards had he stayed for his senior campaign.
But, who could blame him for leaving on a high note? His final performance in the 1997/1998 Orange Bowl against Tennessee was amazing. His 209 yards broke the Orange Bowl record for rushing yards. He was named the Most Outstanding Player on a field chock full of NFL talent. And he helped power the Huskers to another national championship.
For fans, few players were quite as beloved as Ahman in the 1990s. Green was a local player making good on his phenomenal talent at the state's university. He provided numerous highlight-reel plays and was the workhorse in the Husker offense on many Saturday afternoons. Fans even altered the typical GOOOOO BIIIIIIIG REEEEEED chant to AAAAAAHHHH MAAAAAN GREEEEEEN in salute to his greatness.
Ahman the Professional
Green currently plays for the Houston Texans and is about to start his second year with that club. His 11-year NFL career started when he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 1998. After two years in Seattle, Green was traded to Green Bay, where he thrived.
In his seven years with the Packers, Green broke the 1,000 yard barrier six times (including 1,883 yards in 2003) and was selected for the Pro Bowl 4 times. So far, Green has amassed more than 11,000 yards from scrimmage in the NFL and tallied 70 touchdowns. He is clearly one of the most accomplished former Huskers playing in the NFL.
Ahman is also a budding entrepreneur. Like most pro athletes, he has a personal website that sells some merchandise. Ahman has also got some stake in car customizing. His Husker-themed Dodge Charger is the work done by RSI, a company in which Green has a stake.
AV Club presents…Ahman
Green's combination of size (215-220 lbs) and speed (legit 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash) created an amazing combination on the field. Feast your eyes on 5:00 of Ahman Green goodness.
Congratulations to Ahman Green - Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame member.