Green could join exclusive club
Sunday, December 17, 2000
Green Bay News Chronicle


By Doug Ritchay
News-Chronicle
Green Bay Packers' running back Ahman Green stands a pretty good chance of joining an exclusive club Sunday if he can gain 60 yards rushing against the Minnesota Vikings.

Green can become just the seventh running back in Packers history to gain 1,000 yards in a season. He would join Dorsey Levens (who gained 1,000 yards in 1997 and 1999), Edgar Bennett (1995), Terdell Middleton (1978), John Brockington (1971-73), Jim Taylor (1960-64) and Tony Canadeo (1949).

It would be quite an accomplishment for Green, who was traded from Seattle to Green Bay in April to be a backup to Levens, but two knee injuries to Levens opened the door for Green to run through.

"Ahman has got nothing but better each week," Packers quarterback Brett Favre said. "He's running the ball better, he's running with confidence and speed. I can see why we traded for him. He has tremendous talent."

Green, however, would not be approaching this milestone without help up front. Rookie right tackle Mark Tauscher was asked if he felt a 1,000-yard season would also say something about the offensive line's work.

"I think you look at it as a combination," Tauscher said. "Ahman's done a great job since he's stepped in. He hasn't played a full year. It's something the offensive line and him would like to accomplish."

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