Jacob Green to be Inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame
Texas A&M football standout and former Seahawks defensive end Jacob Green has been selected as part of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016 inductees. The ceremony will be held in Waco on February 2, 2016.
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 he 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 he holds the record for fumbles caused in a career with 12.
Taken as the 10th pick overall in the first round by the Seahawks in the 1980 NFL draft, he recorded 116 sacks in his 12-plus seasons with the team; and when he retired from the NFL he 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 he 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. He is also a member of the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor.
Green was inducted into the Texas A&M Letterman’s Hall of Fame in 1987, was inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame in 2014 as part of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame complex; and he was the 2014 SEC Football Legend and was honored at the 2014 SEC Football Championship Game in Atlanta.
He currently is a vice president for major gifts and endowments for the 12th Man Foundation at Texas A&M.