When a football player has success on both the collegiate and pro levels, his most memorable moments usually occur on the football field, whether it is a memorable touchdown pass or upsetting a bitter rival. Trent Green has worked his way up to superstardom in the NFL, and although his ability and success at Indiana helped him get to where he is now, his most memorable IU moment was meeting his wife, Julie.
Meeting my wife Julie there (is what I remember most), Green said. We met my junior year. Im obviously glad things worked out the way they did and this February we will have been married 10 years. We both follow IU pretty closely and are glad to still be involved with the University.
The Greens not only hold Indiana dear to their hearts for obvious reasons, but they also want to help the university. The current Kansas City Chief and his wife donated the funds to remodel the Indiana football locker room earlier this year. The remodeled locker room now includes large oak lockers replacing the old steel ones as well as new carpeting and drop ceiling with the IU logo.
"My wife (Julie) and I have always wanted to give back to the University, Green said. This was a great way for us to do it. It's something we both feel strongly about. Coach (Bill) Mallory is back involved in the program. He speaks very highly of Coach DiNardo and the direction the football program is headed in," Trent Green said. "We just wanted to help be a part of that and get Indiana Football back to a place where we're going to bowl games, winning football games and generating excitement, not only around Bloomington, but also around the entire state in an effort to fill the stadium back up."
Green is in his third season with the Kansas City Chiefs. Coming out of Indiana in 1992, he was drafted in the eighth round (222nd selection overall) by the San Diego Chargers. He spent one season with the Chargers before playing four seasons with the Redskins. After starting 14 games in his final season with the Redskins, Green signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Rams.
It appeared as though Greens career was on the rise as he was set to be the starter for the Rams in 1999, but in the third pre-season game, disaster struck. Green tore his ACL, MCL and lateral meniscus in left knee after a hit by San Diego safety Rodney Harrison. Although forced to the sidelines, Green was still part of a Rams team that won the Super Bowl in 1999. After subbing in for the injured Kurt Warner in 2000 and making five starts, Green was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for a first round pick.
In his three seasons with Kansas City, Green has started every game. He led the Chiefs to their most prolific offensive season in 2002 with 6,000 total yards and 57 touchdowns. So far in 2003, Green has led the Chiefs to one of the best records in the AFC. In week 6 against the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field, Green engineered the largest fourth quarter comeback in KC history as the Chiefs overcame a 31-14 deficit. The Chiefs went on to win 40-34 in overtime. Green was 27-of-45 for 400 yards and three touchdowns. Green was recognized as the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.
Despite the rigors of an NFL schedule, Green tries to keep up with the Hoosiers. Although he hasnt been able to attend a game since 1997, he keeps up with the program by reading and talking to friends and family.
Yeah, I do (keep up with Indiana), Green said. Its hard with our schedule. I havent been back to a game since probably the fall of 97. It just so happened that our bye week fell on a home game. Since 97, all of our bye weeks have been away games so I havent had a chance to get back so I havent been back in probably six years. I do keep close track. I get the updates through Inside Indiana and still have a lot of friends and family that go there and keep me posted on things.
Green said the rigors of the Big Ten Conference prepared him for the weekly challenges of the NFL.
Number one, playing in the Big Ten I feel its the toughest conference, Green said. When you start talking about tough places to play going into Michigan or the Horseshoe at Ohio State or Camp Randall in Wisconsin, that prepares you for playing in hostile environments and when you get an opportunity to play in those types of games and those types of environments, thats the way it is every week in the NFL. So I think playing the Big Ten Conference provided the biggest benefit.
Like many former and current Hoosiers, Greens love for Bloomington and Indiana runs deep. Indiana is a place Green said he felt comfortable with when he made his college choice and that is a big reason why he donned the Cream and Crimson.
Wow, its just beautiful, Green said of Indiana. Its one of the main reasons that I went to Indiana when it finally came down to it in my choices of colleges, Where would I want to go to school to just go to school if I wasnt playing football, or if the first week of Freshman camp I broke my leg and never played again, where would I just want to go to school? Ultimately, that was in Bloomington and it had to do not only with the campus life but just the atmosphere of the town and the community of Bloomington. Its close to Indianapolis, which is 45 minutes up the road. With Brown County right outside Bloomington, theres just a lot to do, and its a great campus atmosphere.
Green has enjoyed a varied amount of success in the NFL and he credits Indiana helping him get to that point. Although Indiana helped afford Green opportunities on the football field, it gave him the thing he values most, his wife and family, off the field.