Jacob Green Named Texas A&M SEC Football Legend
Jacob Green, a two-time Texas A&M All-American and an NFL All-Pro for the Seattle Seahawks, is the 2014 Texas A&M SEC Legend and will be honored at the 2014 SEC Football Championship (Dec. 5-6) weekend in Atlanta.
“We are truly proud to have Jacob as our SEC Legend this year,” Texas A&M Director of Athletics Eric Hyman said. “Jacob was an outstanding football player with the Aggies and the NFL. Just as important as his football accomplishments, is what he has meant to his family, and what he has given back to Houston, Seattle and College Station. Currently, Jacob is supporting our student-athletes as the Vice President of major gifts and endowments for the 12th Man Foundation.”
Green was a standout at Kashmere High School in Houston. He signed with Coach Emory Bellard and the Aggies where he was a three-year letterman for Aggie coaches Emory Bellard and Tom Wilson while playing defensive end at Texas A&M. He earned All-America honors in 1978 and 1979 and established the school record for sacks in a season with 20 in 1979, a record that still stands. In one game against Baylor in 1979, Green recorded four sacks among his 22 tackles on the day.
Green was a first-round draft choice by the Seattle Seahawks and played 12 years for the club and his name has been added to the organization’s Ring of Honor. In 1990, he was the defensive captain and earned the Steve Largent Award, was named to the All-Madden Team as well as being named the Seattle Seahawks Man of the Year. He ended his career with 116 sacks for Seattle and earned All-Pro honors and at the time of his retirement he was third all-time in NFL sacks behind the likes of Reggie White and Lawrence Taylor.
He has been instrumental in raising money for cancer research with his Jacob Green Charity Golf Classic that raised over $1 million for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Green has also been very involved in helping youngsters in his hometown of Houston with Jaycee’s Children’s Center, named in honor of his father who passed away from cancer. He is also involved in Junior Achievement, the Boys and Girls Club, Veterans Hospital, United Cerebral Palsy, the Yellowstone Academy and Child Advocates as well as the American Heart Association.
Green met his wife, Janet, in high school in Houston and the couple call College Station home. They have three daughters—Janelle, Jessica and Jillian. Janelle is a former player for the Aggie soccer team and she married Aggie defensive line standout Joseph “Red” Bryant. Bryant wore the same No. 79 in Seattle and was a team captain last year on the Seahawks’ Super Bowl Championship squad. Bryant is currently on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster.
The two previous Aggie football SEC Legends were 1957 Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow presented in 2012 and the 1998 Lombardi and Bednarik Award winner Dat Nguyen presented in 2013.