Green races to NFL rushing lead
Wednesday, September 26, 2001
Green Bay News-Chronicle


By Doug Ritchay
News-Chronicle

When running back Ahman Green signed about a $20 million contract before training camp started with the Green Bay Packers, the investment was open to skepticism, considering Green had only one productive season in the NFL.

It's easy for Packers fans to hold such doubt. Fresh in their memories is the five-year, $25 million deal inked by Dorsey Levens days before the start of the 1998 season. Levens has piled up more injuries than yards since.

Not that two games is enough to pass definitive judgment, but Green is backing up his contract with sensational play, leading the NFL with 273 rushing yards through two games. Green followed a 157-yard performance against Detroit on Sept. 9 with a 116-yard effort Monday against Washington.

"I think he's a young player coming into his own," Green Bay head coach Mike Sherman said. "He still has a ways to go. He'll continue to get better."

Green is on a roll in his last five games, gaining 626 yards, an average of 123 yards per game. If there is one fault in his game now, it's his ball handling. He still is susceptible to fumbles and has dropped passes in each of the first two games.


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