Trent Green, is a man who to me is the epitome of an NFL star, and one who on and off the field made me stop and take note.
His presence on the field was felt by those who played with and coached him, and his style off the field affected the communities he touched.
Trent Green, although no longer with the NFL, should not be forgotten by those who come after him.
And perhaps that is true. Yet, Trent Green made an impression on most of the teams he played for…and more importantly, the people he played with.
I am not writing in an effort to display his stats. I mean, Trent Green played for the Chiefs between the years of 2001-2005, and spent most of 2005 injured.
But you are all football fans, so you already know that, between the years of 2001-2005, Peyton Manning (20,902) was the only QB who threw for more yards than Green (20,117) did.
I’m sure that you all recall that he had four consecutive years with a passer rating of 90.0 or better, a feat topped at that time only by Hall of Famer Steve Young.
Of course you all realize already that in 2004, he joined Drew Bledsoe, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Dan Fouts, Drew Brees, Kurt Warner, Tom Brady and Warren Moon as the only QB’s to go three years in a row with 4,000 yards+.
And the fact that, with Green calling signals, the Chiefs led the NFL in offense, for the first time in franchise history, in 2004. And that, in 2003, the Chiefs got off to a 9-0 start, finishing the year w/ 13-3, and leading the NFL in scoring.
We’ll forget about his Pro Bowl berths….I’m sure you all know about those. Besides, Green was HIGHLY undervalued as a QB and should have gone more often.
And of course you know that he earned a Super Bowl ring while playing for the Rams.
He was injured most of that year, so most do not take note of that fact. While with the Rams, both he and Kurt Warner seemed plagued with injuries, although, in the year 2000, the two of them led the Rams to the highest team passing yard total in NFL history, with 5,232 net yards.
They went to the playoffs that year, losing in the first round due to a poor defensive unit.
OK…I said I wasn’t writing to display his stats….since we all know and appreciate them already.
I’m writing because of the type of player that he was.