Paul Imig posted an interesting article on his site at FSWisconsin – an interview with Packers all-time leading rusher Ahman Green who said he’s ready to play in the National Football League once again.
He made that statement, despite having carried the football last on Jan. 10, 2010, when he was playing for the Packers against the Arizona Cardinals in an NFC Playoff Game.
What’s interesting is that Green, who was with the Packers for the second time during that last stint, felt he was in as good of condition as any time during his career. Admitting that the Packers had Ryan Grant and some younger legs on the team, Green said he could have carried the load had the team given him the ball.
Not that he was complaining, he was happy to have landed back with the Packers.
Now he wants another shot and is waiting for the phone to ring. The four-time Pro Bowler is hoping there’s some team out there willing to call so he can have the opportunity to show what he can do.
Saying that he’s a “football player,” first and foremost, Green went so far to say that he would play anywhere – not just running back. In order to get a shot to be back on the football field, Green said he would even play special teams just to be part of a team.
“I’ve got at least five years left in me to play football,” Green told Imig today. With his home in Green Bay, the former Packer would be very interested if the Packers called. And given that the team is going to be relying on an unproven group of running backs, it’s not inconceivable the Packers may at least consider bringing Green in for a look-see.
With Ryan Grant unsigned and the tandem of James Starks and Alex Green coming into this season off serious knee injuries, the only healthy running backs on the roster are Brandon Saine and rookie free agents Duane Bennett of Minnesota, FB Nic Cooper of and Winston-Salem State and RB Marc Tyler of USC.
But given the Packers penchant for developing players, there probably isn’t room on a roster as deep overall for a 35-year-old former player.
Yes, the NFL is a business first … unfortunately for Green.
With all that said, we wish Green the best. He could probably be an excellent special teams player for some team and maybe even fill in at running back when needed.
But looking at things realistically, Green said, “I can’t sit around and wait forever, so if it doesn’t happen, I’ve got to move on with my life.”
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