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Hugh Donell Green (born July 27, 1959 in Natchez, Mississippimarker) is a former American Football linebacker in the National Football League. He played for eleven seasons from 1981 to 1991 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Miami Dolphins. He is considered to be one of the greatest linebackers in Buccaneers history.

University of Pittsburgh

Green had a stellar college football career as a defensive end for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers in the late 1970s where he was a three-time All-American (1978, 1979, 1980) and a Second-team All-America selection as a freshman in 1977. He was a consensus four-time All-East selection as well. In the 4 years Green was playing the Pitt Panthers complied a 39-8-1 record, winning 3 Bowl games in route (two Gator Bowls and one Fiesta Bowl). His #99 jersey was retired at halftime of his final home game in the 1980 season. After the season he played in both the Hula Bowl and Japan Bowl All-star games.

Green left the university with 460 tackles and 53 career sacks in his college career. The table is a year-by-year showing of Green's defensive statistics.
  Defensive Statistics
Season Games Tackles Assists Total For Loss Sacks Yds Lost Int FF FR PD Hur BK
1977 12 58 34 92 15 12 -76 1 5 3 4 21 2
1978 12 66 43 109 12 13 -82 2 6 3 6 21 0
1979 12 76 59 135 14 11 -104 1 6 3 5 17 0
1980 12 77 46 123 11 17 -112 0 7 4 6 17 0
Total 48 277 183 460 52 53 -374 4 24 13 22 76 2
Key for abbreviations: For Loss = tackle behind the line of scrimmige on a run play — Sacks = tackle behind the line of scrimmige on a pass play — Yds Lost = yards lost on sack — Int = Interception — FF = forced fumble — FR = fumble recovered — PD = pass deflected — Hur = pass play "hurried" into a bad play — BK = blocked placekick or punt

1980 Heisman Race

In 1980, Green won the Walter Camp Award, the Maxwell Award, the Lombardi Award and was the Sporting News Player of the Year, the UPI Player of the Year and finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting, losing to running back George Rogers of the University of South Carolinamarker. Green's second-place finish in the voting was the best a defensive specialist had ever attained until 1997, when Charles Woodson won the award.

The Top 10 in the Voting

PlaceName, School Points

Green was selected to the College Football Hall of Famemarker in 1996 and was named the fifth greatest college football player of All-Time by In 2007, Green was ranked #14 on ESPN's Top 25 Players In College Football History list. He was also named to Sports Illustrated's College Football All-Century team in 1999.


Green was selected as the seventh overall pick of the first round by the Buccaneers in the 1981 NFL Draft. He was an 1982 All-Pro and 1983 All-Pro and was elected to the Pro Bowl twice in his career, in 1982 and 1983. Later in his career he suffered several injuries, including a car accident in the middle of the 1984 season for a fracture near the eye. He was traded to the Miami Dolphins in the middle of the 1985 season. In the 1985 season he was on to a career high in sacks and ended the season getting 7.5 while playing all 16 games despite the mid-season trade. In Miami Green played six more solid seasons before retiring. He was a member of Don Shula's teams which were often playoff contenders and Green was a starter on those teams, racking up 7.5 sacks in 1989, to tie a career high, for example.

Green was arrested in 1989 for spousal abuse.


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