Rushing record book full of Green
Back returned to team to become all-time leader Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Journal Sentinel

Back returned to team to become all-time leader

One of the most hallowed records in the Green Bay Packers' 90-year history was broken this past season.

When Ahman Green bulled off the right side for a 2-yard gain in the fourth quarter at Tampa Bay on Nov. 8, he became the Packers' all-time leading rusher.

Green eclipsed Jim Taylor's career mark of 8,207 yards by a single yard with six carries for 45 yards against the Buccaneers.

Some of the luster and fanfare of Green's accomplishment was overshadowed by the devastating 38-28 loss to winless Tampa Bay, which left the Packers 4-4 in the 2009 season and searching for answers.

"It's a bittersweet thing," said Green, who re-signed with Green Bay two weeks earlier after two injury-marred seasons in Houston. "Doesn't really mean much at the moment (with the loss)."

Green thanked teammates (past and present) for helping him break Taylor's coveted mark.

"It was hard work and dedication, not just by me," said Green, who was one of the NFL's most productive backs from 2000-ག during his first stint in Green Bay.

It remains to be seen if Green will be in a Packer uniform this season and have an opportunity to add to his record total of 8,322 yards. But that is far from the only team mark that he holds. Green's name is all over the Green Bay record book.

The former Seattle Seahawk, acquired in a 2000 trade, tops at least 12 major Packer rushing and combined net yardage categories.

Green and Bo Jackson are the only running backs in NFL history with multiple touchdown runs of 90-plus yards.

An unrestricted free agent, Green is hoping for a 13th season in the NFL, but he is already preparing for life after football.

He has been working with at-risk and special-needs students under a teaching internship at De Pere High School.

If Green isn't suiting up for the Packers this fall, he'll be mentoring students and hitting the books. His objective: earning a teaching certificate and master's degree. He ultimately would like to be an athletic director or assistant principal.


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