He’s done so much in his young life, it kind of makes the rest of us a bit jealous. He played 12 years as a running back in the NFL, rushing for 9,205 total yards on 2,056 carries (a 4.5-yard average), but more importantly, he’s been a teacher, a trainer, a broadcaster and even a sports team owner.
Now he wants to coach.
That’s why he’s been spotted on the Packers training camp field as he’s working with the team’s running backs under Alex Van Pelt.
Green knows a bit about the skills needed to succeed in the league as a running back. With longevity among backs at less than three years, the former Seahawk, Packer and Texan survived 12 years in the league – even making a return to Green Bay in 2009 for a final stint in the league.
Green was traded to the Packers from Mike Holmgren and the Seahawks in 2000 after Holmgren grew tired of the former Nebraska Cornhusker’s inability to hold onto the football. Green’s only bad habit on the football field was fumbling. In 2,056 carries, he fumbled 37 times. We can all probably remember a few of those fumbles – some that led to team losses.
But despite those miscues, Green was a fan favorite and is still seen as one of the best in the eyes of Packers fans. For me, Green was a complete football player. He always finished runs, punished tacklers, could carry effectively between the tackles and was astounding at catching the ball out of the backfield. He was the perfect complement in the Packers backfield to Brett Favre.
He could do it all.
And to have him on the field working with the Packers revamped running game will only be a boost. I think he will be especially helpful for rookie Johnathan Franklin, who has many of the same skills that Green brought to the field.
So, it should be interesting to watch and see how Green contributes to the team as a coach.
We say congratulations to Ahman and look forward to his contributions.