Oak Creek Knights Get Help From Packers Great
Ahman Green, the Green Bay Packers all-time leading rusher, is an assistant coach with the Knights' varsity football team this year Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Oak Creek Patch

Ahman Green, the Green Bay Packers all-time leading rusher, is an assistant coach with the Knights' varsity football team this year

As assistant high school football coaches go, you could do a lot worse than having the Green Bay Packers all-time leading rusher on your staff.

But that's exactly what Oak Creek has. Former Packers running back Ahman Green brings his 12 years of NFL experience to the Knights' sideline every Friday night this year.

Green has a stepson, Virgil Hammond, on the team and before the season started he approached Head Coach Mike Bartholomew about coaching.

Green coached running backs during training camp and now makes the trip from Green Bay every Tuesday and Friday. He regularly watches film and communicates with Bartholomew over e-mail when he's out of town.

"You can tell he's played in the league for 12 years," Bartholomew said. "His experience is fantastic ... it's worked well."

Green gives the players many of the same messages Oak Creek coaches have delivered for the past several years, Bartholomew said.

But the words carry a greater weight coming from a man who took handoffs from Brett Favre and reached the end zone 74 times in his NFL career.

"He's a very down-to-earth guy," Bartholomew said. "To me, it's nice that when he talks to the kids he's saying the same things we've been saying for six years now.

"It's a hard work thing, it's an offseason thing, it's a commitment thing. That's how you reach your potential, whatever that potential is. That's our goal is to get kids to be able to play at their level of potential."

The resume for Green is an impressive one.

He won two national championships at the University of Nebraska, where he played under legendary coach Tom Osborne.

Seattle drafted him in 1998 and traded him to Green Bay in 2000. He starred for the Packers for the next seven years, making the Pro Bowl four consecutive times during that stretch. He re-signed with the Packers in 2009 and broke Jim Taylor's team rushing record of 8,207 yards.

Green is opening a gym in Green Bay, Bartholomew said, and told an audience in Oak Creek earlier this year that he's also active with the Ahman Green Foundation and is a co-owner of the Green Bay Blizzard arena football team. (He was unavailable for an interview with Patch.)

He's helped the Knights get off to a fast start in their 2012 campaign. Oak Creek beat Menomonee Falls 21-6 in the opener, and last week won their first game on the new home turf, defeating Racine Park 35-20.

The Knights hope to stay unbeaten when they travel Friday to rival Franklin.

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