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Darrell Green

Darrell Green is one of the greatest cornerbacks in NFL history.

A Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Green was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time Super Bowl champion. 

His 19 consecutive seasons with at least one interception are also an NFL record. 

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Darrell Green is one of the greatest cornerbacks in NFL history.

A Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Green was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time Super Bowl champion. 

His 19 consecutive seasons with at least one interception are also an NFL record. 

Not bad for a guy who was stuck on JV as a high school junior. 

Growing up, Green was a small kid. He often played down an age group or two to make up for his lack of size. But when middle school and high school came around, that was obviously no longer an option. 

"In the eighth grade, I came up with a plan. So I said I better go and run track and at least get on the athletic radar, and that's what I did. I had a plan to go out there in the 11th grade. They said: 'Well, we'll put you on the junior varsity. We'll go with that.' So I said, 'Thank you, at least I get to play,' so I did," Green recalled to ESPN. "Really early on, I was you know, I can't say anything benefited me. I was struggling trying to just stand up out there and face the guys on a day-to-day basis. I was a little fella and I was scared."

While Green never experienced any massive growth spurt (he was listed at 5-foot-8 in the NFL), he soon found tenacity, heart and athleticism could make up for his lack of size. 

By the time Green graduated from Jesse H. Jones High School (Houston, Texas), he was an All-State selection in track and an All-City performer in football. He then attended Texas A&M-Kingsville, where he was again a two-sport star. His college PR in the 100-meter dash was 10.08. 

The Washington Redskins would eventually select Green with the 28th overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft. 

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