Former Packer Green turns to coaching
Serving as assistant at De Pere Friday, August 12, 2011
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Serving as assistant at De Pere

DE PERE - After 12 seasons in the NFL, Ahman Green took on plenty of tacklers, and took in plenty of knowledge. Green, a student of the game, now has some new pupils.

"Just give good, positive coaching advice to the players," said Green.

The Packers all-time leading rusher, who signed a one-day contract with Green Bay on Thursday before retiring, is serving as a volunteer assistant football coach at De Pere High School.

"[The players are] listening to me well, which is kind of good to get that right away,” said Green. Every once in a while I'll hit that bump in the road, but as a teacher or coach, that's how you get better, that's how you learn."

Green is currently working on his master’s degree at UWGB. At first, Green admits the players were a little star-struck. Now, however, having a four-time Pro Bowler giving tips on ball security seems almost normal.

"I remember when I first did my internship at De Pere High School, it was like a two-day thing, it was like, ‘can we get his autograph, can we take his picture?’” said Green. “After the two days, it was like, you have to call me Mr. Green now, or Coach Green.”

The players appreciate the help, and relish the opportunity to learn from one of their idols.

"It is really cool to have, you grew up watching him play, all his carries in the NFL as a Packer, now he's here coaching you, bringing all that NFL knowledge to a high school team,” said Redbirds receiver and defensive back Brad Reabe. “It's a really good thing."

The coaching staff has also welcomed Green, and says he is just one of the guys when they’re out on the practice field.

"It's eerie, especially for me growing up in Green Bay,” said De Pere head coach Chad Michalkiewicz. “He was in his prime when I was growing up, and now getting text messages and phone calls for Ahman Green, it's a little surreal for me. Any message that an ex-NFL star has, the kids are going to receive it well. His words are very wise, we've benefited as a football program to have him around."

Green’s not one to bring up his playing days all that often; but he does draw his teaching style from his former Packers coaches.

"Majority with the guys I saw most of the time, like Edgar Bennett, running backs coaches,” said Green. “Taking tidbits of what they did as coaches, like I said I'm just a rookie at this. You're always learning on the go. Just take what the kids give back."

Green worked with the team throughout the summer. In addition to football and his coursework, Green will spend some of this season working with the Big Ten Network.

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