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.