Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 33, the number once worn by WVU defensive back/linebacker, Barrett Green.
Originally from West Palm Beach, FL, Green was a four-year member of the WVU football program, from 1996 to 1999. In 41 career appearances (35 starts) for the Mountaineers, Green recorded 364 tackles, six sacks, five interceptions, and three forced fumbles. He played in two bowl games for the Mountaineers (1997 Carquest Bowl and 1998 Insight.com Bowl), and was a two-time, first team all-Big East selection (1998 and 1999).
As a freshman, Green appeared in six of the Mountaineers’ 12 games during the 1996 campaign. Appearing mostly on special teams, Green was able to record 12 tackles. That season, West Virginia finished with a record of 8-4 overall after a 20-13 loss to North Carolina in the 1997 Gator Bowl.
Green’s sophomore season saw the 6’1”, 215 pound defensive standout appear and start all 12 games for the Mountaineers at strong safety. He managed to register 71 tackles, four interceptions, and three sacks. He returned one of his four interceptions 49 yards for a touchdown in a 31-14 victory over the Maryland Terrapins. He also recorded the school’s longest non-touchdown interception return when he took a pick 83 yards down field only to be stopped short of the goal line in the Mountaineers’ 48-0 victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. WVU finished the campaign 7-5 overall after they lost to Georgia Tech 35-30 in the 1997 Carquest Bowl.
In 1998, Green reached the century mark in tackles when he recorded a career-best 155 tackles during his junior season. This came as Green was in the midst transitioning from safety to linebacker. Green also had an interception, and a forced fumble to help the old Gold and Blue finish with a record of 8-4 overall, and a bid to the 1998 Insight.com Bowl
Green’s 155 tackles in 1998 is the fourth highest total ever recorded by a junior in school history. The mark is tied for being the tenth highest total by a Mountaineer football player recorded in a single season, regardless of class.
Green recorded an astonishing 20 tackles in a 45-24 victory over Navy, the only time in his collegiate career he reached the mark. The output is tied for the second highest output in a single game by a Mountaineer. He also had 18 tackles in a 34-31 loss to Miami which is tied for being the fifth highest total in school history. For all of his contributions during the 1998 season, Green earned a first team, all-Big East selection.
To conclude his great Mountaineer career, Green went on to record 124 tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble. Although Green had another fine season for WVU, his efforts were not enough to help the team avoid missing out on the post season for the first time in three seasons as the Mountaineers finished the 1999 campaign a dismal 4-7 overall. However, Green was acknowledged by the Big East for all his efforts that season as he was named a unanimous, first team all-conference selection at the conclusion of his senior year.
Barrett Green earned his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in 1999. He was a liberal arts major during his time at the school, while holding a minor in business management. He also completed an Entrepreneurial Educational Program at Harvard Business School in 2005. Green went on to pursue a career in professional football as he was selected by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2000 NFL draft.
Green spent four seasons with the Lions before moving on to play another two seasons with the New York Giants. In his career, Green made 65 regular season appearances (49 starts) where he recorded 191 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles, and a touchdown. He continued on his career for two more seasons as a member of the Houston Texans’ practice squad before retiring from NFL in 2007.
Currently, Green spends his time helping his own charitable organization, the “Barrett Green Foundation.” The philanthropy effort is focused on helping underprivileged youth in the Miami metropolitan area.
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