Last October, wide receiver Jared Green watched the Dallas Cowboys defeat his Carolina Panthers 19-14. Green, who was on Carolina’s practice squad, wasn’t playing in the game, but he was thinking about how things might have been different had he signed with the Cowboys, another team that showed interest in him following the 2012 NFL Draft.
After not getting any playing time during his first year in the NFL, the undrafted rookie free agent out of Southern University got a second chance to join the Cowboys in January.
At that point, not even his father’s 20-year Hall of Fame career with the rival Washington Redskins could prevent him from signing to the Cowboys’ reserve/future list.
“I’m proud to be a Dallas Cowboy,” Green recently said.
Green was 6 years old when the Cowboys won their last Super Bowl. He said he watched that game wearing a Michael Irvin jersey. Not a big deal for some, but a pretty significant clothing choice considering his father is Darrell Green.
Yes, the cornerback who battled against Irvin for 12 seasons, reaching seven Pro Bowls along the way. The former rivals on the field are actually good friends. Jared says he has learned a lot about the wide receiver position from Irvin, someone he recently discussed football with over dinner.
“Learning from him from the receiver aspect and learning from my father at the DB aspect, you really can’t get any better than that,” Jared said. “I just feel very blessed and humble to be able to be raised by a hall of famer and to have close relationships to hall of famers.”
Jared was on the field for last weekend’s rookie minicamp at Valley Ranch, and the 6-1, 185-pounder’s speed and route running stood out. He should be a player to watch in training camp, competing with Cole Beasley and Danny Coale for the fifth receiver spot.
And if he were to make the 53-man roster it would certainly provide some interesting story lines when the Cowboys play the Redskins.
The 24-year-old recalled watching the movie “Little Giants” as a youth and actually dreaming of one day wearing the star on his helmet. He had such a soft spot for the Cowboys that he said when the Redskins would play Dallas in the 1990s, instead of pull for either team he would focus on what his dad and Irvin were doing.
“I just had so much admiration for Michael Irvin and for my dad, I really wasn’t even rooting for a certain team,” Jared said. “I just had so much fun watching them go against each other.”
Jared expects his father to have a difficult time cheering for the Redskins if his son is wearing a Cowboys uniform this season. Could that possibly mean Darrell would also don the blue and silver?
Jared seems to think so.
“It would only make sense that a proud dad would wear his son’s jersey,” Jared said. “Any fan or any spectator should appreciate that.”