Around The Web: Green Retires, Roaf A Hall Of Famer Once More, Crimson Chiefs

After 15 seasons in the NFL, former Chiefs quarterback Trent Green has decided to retire.

Green played for the Chargers, Redskins, Rams, Chiefs and Dolphins.  He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Rams in Green12000 and was selection to two Pro Bowls while he was with the Chiefs in 2003 and 2005.

Green started every game for the Chiefs from 2001 through 2005, never passing for less than 3,600 yards in any of those seasons and surpassing 4,000 in three of them.  However, a string of scary concussions started the beginning of the end for Green in the next few seasons.  Despite urging from many, he decided not to retire after multiple concussions and spent last season as Marc Bulger’s backup in St. Louis, starting one game and playing in three.

The Rams released him not long ago and unlike another veteran quarterback that has had trouble deciding on his future, Green knew it was time to hang up his cleats.

“I feel this is finally the right time.  I’ve talked about it with (the family) for a while, especially with the concussions over the last few years. We all felt it was the time to do it.  The way I approached the game the amount of work I put into my preparation and being someone guys can turn to in the locker room, I don’t want to be a guy who waits for someone to get hurt to get a job.”

Trent Green was not only one of the best quarterbacks ever to play for the Kansas City Chiefs, but he was always a stand up guy.  He will land a job in broadcasting somewhere and he’ll be great at it, but I really hope the Chiefs find a way over the next few years to bring him back to the organization.  A guy like Green will be able to help any team he is a part of, be that as a coach, scout or even a community relations director.  Thanks for the memories and good luck, Trent.

Speaking of former Chiefs, Willie Roaf has already been inducted into the New Orleans Saints and Arkansas Hall of Fame and will soon be able to add a third induction to his resume.  Roaf is among 8 athletes being inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

Roaf1Roaf was the first round pick of the Saints in 1993 after a stellar career at Louisiana Tech.  He went on to play 13 NFL seasons, the first nine with the Saints and the final four with the Chiefs.  As one of the top tackles in the game, Roaf was a three time All-Pro first team pick and six times earned second team honors.  He was chosen to play in 11 Pro Bowls, including a club-record seven with the Saints.  He was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 1990′s All-Decade Team.

Other NFL players joining Roaf in this year’s class are Marshall Faulk and former Bronco Michael Brooks.

Even at the age of 39 and three years out of football, I promise you Roaf could walk into camp next month and start for the Chiefs.  And while that statement is wholly meant to point out the lack of strength along the current offensive line, it’s also meant as a compliment to Roaf.  It’s amazing how good he was right until the end.  I really thought he was going to change his mind and play in the 2006 season and 2007 and 2008 and… Okay, maybe it was just wishful thinking on my part, but it was great watching him work even if it was only over four seasons.

Earlier this week, the University of Alabama football team had to vacate 21 wins from the 2005-07 seasons.  The Kansas City Chiefs currently have three players from Alabama on their roster — QB Brodie Croyle, DE Wallace Gilberry and DE Bobby Greenwood — all who were a part of some of those wins.  When former Crimson Tide player Kyle Bennett heard about the story, it was a Kansas City Chief that first called him.Alabama2

“Brodie (Croyle) called and said, ‘Dude, does this mean we were like 4-28 in our career at Alabama?  It looks like that doesn’t it?’  We kind of laughed, but we’re not happy about it at all.  In the book of life it looks like we got erased.  We know how bad we beat Florida, we beat Tennessee 6-3 and we beat Texas Tech on that last-second field goal.  We know we beat them on the field, but 20 years from now when people look back is when it’s really going to hurt.”

John Gullahorn, president of the Marshall County Alabama Alumni Association, was pleased with how the university handled the case but not the ruling itself.

“I am disappointed in the NCAA ruling causing the forfeit of games or records in that no athletic or competitive edge was gained because of the students’ conduct.”

Ugh, I absolutely hate when the NCAA goes into the history books.  I don’t think you should take away wins under and circumstance, but when it’s over a few books?  It’s absolutely a punishable offense, but hit the university in the wallet, don’t take wins away from the players when 90% of them weren’t involved and when the infraction gave the team no athletic edge.

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