Green runs into record book
Halfback tied Jim Taylor's team record for 100-yard rushing games and again was the No. 1 pass catcher this season Tuesday, January 8, 2002
Green Bay News Chronicle

Halfback tied Jim Taylor's team record for 100-yard rushing games and again was the No. 1 pass catcher this season

By Todd McMahon

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ahman Green invoked quite a capstone on a week that validated the most superb season of his budding four-year NFL career.

The Green Bay halfback etched his name in league and team lore Sunday with his latest workmanlike performance in the Packers' 34-25 win over the New York Giants. It was a fitting encore to the inaugural Pro Bowl invitation bestowed him four days earlier.

Green tied Jim Taylor's 1962 franchise record of seven 100-yard rushing games. He churned out 101 yards in 23 carries, scoring two touchdowns.

The self-effacing 24-year-old, though, didn't want to pat himself on the back afterward.

"I'm not a big statistician guy," Green said. "I'm more of a blue-collar worker. I do what Coach (Mike Sherman) tells me to do, and I make sure I read my blocks correctly. I know some games you're not going to have a big game as a runner, but other games you will.

"You just keep on plugging along, and, eventually, good things happen to you."

Green finished the 16-game regular season with 1,387 rushing yards in 304 carries, both career highs. The rushing total ranks him third in the Packers' record book behind Taylor's 1,474 in 1962 and Dorsey Levens' 1,435 in 1997.

Green came into the game the possessor of the team's single-season record for total yards gained from scrimmage. He barely missed reaching the 2,000-yard plateau, finishing with 1,981. He had two catches for 19 yards.

Winning football games is what Green adamantly says matters most to him. Hence, his fulfillment of becoming the first Packers player to lead the team in rushing and receiving two straight seasons took a back seat to the importance of the win Sunday.

Green, who had 73 catches for 559 yards last season, amassed 62 receptions for 594 yards in 2001. Wide receiver Bill Schroeder was second on the club with 53 catches.

"We're 12-4, going to the playoffs, playing well on both sides of the ball," Green said. "That's the satisfaction I get out of it." The last time an NFL running back turned the rush-catch feat in back-to-back seasons for the same team was San Francisco's Roger Craig in 1987 and ' 88.

His specialty being the running aspect, Green made amends for his 31-yard output in last Sunday's home win over Minnesota.

He hit the hole on a zone block and scampered 25 yards for a touchdown that put the Packers ahead 14-0 only 6 1/2 minutes into the game. Green scored on a 1-yard run early in the third quarter.

It was his first two-touchdown rushing game since the season opener Sept. 9 against Detroit.

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