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Ahman Green is the Packers all-time leading rusher.

Ahman Green’s career ends


The Green Bay Packers’ all-time leading rusher announced Friday his career was done.

Ahman Green said Friday that after 12 seasons in the league he was hoping to arrange for a ceremonial one day contact with the Packers so he could officially retire as a member of the team.

And rightly so.

Though Green left the Packers in 2006 in free agency, he gave the team several years of production and left just 47 yards shy of Jim Taylor’s team rushing record. After leaving the Packers, Green’s career was never the same but he did get the chance in 2009 to return to Green Bay in a back-up role and capture the rushing record.

In 2009 as a backup for the Packers, Green carried the ball 41 times for 160 yards – good enough to break Hall of Famer Jim Taylor’s team mark.

“I knew it was going to be a limited role,” Green said about his return to Green Bay. “To break Jim Taylor’s record, that did a lot for me. It took a monkey off my back. That was on my mind when I went down to Houston. I never knew how close I was to breaking certain records. But when I was told how many yards I had left, I slapped myself, because I knew that could’ve been in one carry.”

Green then closed out his career playing for the Omaha NightHawks and Montreal Alouettes.

In his years with the Packers, Green racked up 8,322 yards. His best year was 2003 when he ran for 1,883 yards and scored 20 touchdowns in 2003.

Green’s massive rushing numbers were only diminished by the fact that he was known as a fumbler. In fact, he became a Packer because he fell out of favor when he fumbled one too many times in Mike Holmgren’s Seattle Seahawks backfield.

His fumbling was overlooked because of the yardage he continually compiled through his years in Green Bay.

He was named to four consecutive Pro Bowls and set the Packers’ single-season rushing record with that breakout in 2003.

Green will no doubt be elected to the Packers Hall of Fame for his many accomplishments with the team – his many long runs for touchdowns, the way he caught balls from Brett Favre out of the backfield, and how he picked up blitzers in the backfield.

As a fan-favorite, he was also well-known throughout the community for his work with children and charities. Not only was he a complete player, he was a complete man.

He finished his career with 9,205 yards on 2,056 carries and 60 touchdowns.

Tags: Ahman Green Brett Favre Green Bay Packers Jim Taylor

  • Susan

    Wow, I can’t believe I’m the only one entering a comment on Green’s retirement. After all the excellent years he gave to the Packers, I’d have thought there’d be MANY comments. Well, all I can say is, “Thank you, Ahman! We watched you on TV and watched you at Lambeau and were grateful to have such a talented running back on our team. You and Brett worked so well together and trusted each other; you were both a joy to watch. I have lots of pictures of Brett in my office and not many of the other players over the years, but I DO have a great poster with you and Brett on it and a very nice 8 x 10 glossy of you in action. This is how we will always remember you: eyes straight ahead, legs pumping, pushing for those extra yards. We will NEVER forget you, Ahman. Thanks for all the great memories over the years!!”

    • http://lombardiave.com apackphan

      Susan,

      He was a great player and the news of his retirement has really flown under the radar … Not sure why … But thanks for the great positive comment!

  • Adam

    I don’t think many people even realized it happened, it hasn’t gotten a lot of play in the press. I only heard about it in the comment section of the JSOnline Packers Blog.