Former Seahawk happy in Green Bay
Monday, October 6, 2003
The News Tribune
MIKE SANDO; The News Tribune
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Asthma couldn't stop Ahman Green, and neither could the Seattle Seahawks.
The player Seattle traded to Green Bay three years ago took the Seahawks' breath away with a 27-carry, 118-yard performance during the Packers' 35-13 victory at Lambeau Field.
Afterward, Green seemed amused by Mike Holmgren's pregame comments suggesting asthma played a role in the decision to trade him in 2000. Holmgren, the Seahawks' coach, also had concerns about a fumbling problem.
But Holmgren raised the asthma issue last week.
"It's kind of funny to me because I played football for 19 years and six of them in the NFL," Green said. "That is the first time I have heard a coach at any level use that for me as an excuse."
Green said his asthma problem was public knowledge since his days in peewee football.
"So they knew I would need a break every now and then," Green said. "For a coach to use that as an excuse, it's new.
"But hey, you never know what's going to happen every day when you wake up. You might hear something new or learn something new."
Green's performance Sunday made his name more prominent in the Green Bay record book. He moved past Dorsey Levens for the most career rushing yards at Lambeau Field (2,344), and he passed Ted Fritsch for fifth on the Packers' all-time list for rushing touchdowns (33).
Green also surpassed 1,000 carries for his career (1,019) while topping 100 yards in a game for the 18th time overall and 17th as a Packer.
His strong running against Seattle helped Green Bay control the game despite losing Joe Johnson, Gilbert Brown, Chukie Nwokorie, Na'il Diggs and Paris Lenon to injuries for stretches of the game.
"We knew we had to get them running one way and maybe go back the other way with some of our misdirections," Packers coach Mike Sherman said. "They are a good defense and not easy to run against."
Seattle's three previous opponents averaged only 90 yards rushing per game. That figure allowed the Seahawks to rank tied for ninth in run defense.
But with Green and Travis Fisher combining for 151 yards, the Packers finished with 159 on the ground. Green Bay scored three rushing touchdowns while averaging 4.5 yards a carry.
As for the trade that sent Green to the Packers?
"It was a blessing in disguise," Green said. "I am very grateful and fortunate for the guys I've got around me."
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