Hugh Donell Green


High School Career

North Natchez High School, Natchez, MS (1973-1976)

• Mississippi Defensive Player of the Year (’76)

• All Area & All Big Eight Lineman (’76)

• Prep All American, National Top 25 recruit (’76)

 

College Career

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (1977-1980)

• College career totals; 460 tackles including 53 sacks; 52 TFLs

• Four-time First Team All American; started all 48 college games

• All-Time Pitt Pather team (’78)

• First junior every selected as Lombardi finalist (’79)

• Street & Smith’s All Decade team (’79)

• Best Defensive Player in America by New York Times (’79)

• Won four national college football player of the year awards in 1980: Walter Camp, Maxwell Club, UPI, and Sporting News

• Lombardi Trophy Winner as best college lineman (’80)

• Runner-up Heisman Trophy; still highest finish ever for pure defensive player at time of induction (’80)

• Sporting News All time All-American Team (’80)

• All-Century teams by Walter Camp, ABC/Sports Illustrated (’99)

• Named #14 among ESPN’s 25 Greatest College Players (’07)

 

Professional Career (1982-1991)

NFL Career Totals: 136 games; 6 INTs for 169 yards & 2 TDs; 34.3 QB sacks

Tampa Bay (1981-1985)

• No. 7 player picked overall NFL draft (’81)

• Multiple All-Rookie team selections (UPI, Pro Football Writers Assoc., & Football Digest) with 151 tackles (’81)

• Named All NFC by UPI (’82)

• Pro Bowl (’82, ‘83, ’84)

Miami Dolphins (1985-1991)

• Traded to Miami at mid-season for 1st & 2nd round draft picks (’85)

• Named team’s outstanding linebacker (’85)

 

Hall of Fame Memberships

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (’09)

• College Football Hall of Fame (’96)

 

Did You Know?

Raised by his aunt and uncle followng his mother’s death when he was six, Hugh learned self sufficiency and is a proficient cook who can sew.

He was hotly recruited by many colleges at a time when high school players could sign numerous conference letters of intent. Hugh signed an SEC letter with Mississippi State but inked his national letter of intent with Pitt where he was recruited by Biloxi, MS native and future MSU coach Jackie Sherrill.

Hugh is a member of Legends of the Decades, which assists communities across the nation in upgrading their recreational facilities.





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