WACO—Texas A&M football standout and NFL great Jacob Green has been selected as part of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016 inductees presented by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance. Others to be honored on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, include former University of Texas football coach Fred Akers, former Dallas Cowboys All-Pro lineman Larry Allen, PRCA World Champion Rodeo star Trevor Brazile, former Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals All-Pro lineman Ken Gray, former New York Yankees All-Star pitcher Andy Pettitte and former Negro League Pitcher “Smokey” Joe Williams (deceased).
Green played high school football in Houston for Kashmere High School and signed with Aggie head coach Emory Bellard and earned three letters (1977-79) for the Texas A&M football team. In his final game at Kyle Field, Green helped lead a 13-7 upset of Top 10-ranked Texas with Aggie head coach Tom Wilson commenting, “Green spent as much time in the Texas backfield as the Longhorn running backs.”
A two-time All-American in 1978 and 1979, Green recorded 22 tackles against Baylor in 1979 which included four quarterback sacks and ended the season with 134 total tackles. Among those were 28 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for losses of 148 yards.
At the end of his Aggie career, Green was the all-time leader in quarterback sacks with 37 and currently is in second place behind Aaron Wallace’s 42 career sacks. Green still holds the single season record of 20 sacks in the 1979 season and holds the record for fumbles caused in a career with 12.
A first-round NFL draft selection by the Seattle Seahawks in 1980, Green had a stellar NFL career and is among the Seattle Seahawks’ Ring of Honor. He recorded 116 sacks in his 12 plus seasons with the Seahawks and when he retired from the NFL, was ranked third all-time in sacks behind Reggie White and Lawrence Taylor. Green posted 12 or more sacks in a season six times in his NFL career and also intercepted three passes and returned two for touchdowns. He earned All-Pro honors in 1983 and 1984 and was a two-time Pro Bowler in 1986 and 1987.
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