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Ernie Green
Ernie Green

Running Back


A native of Columbus, Ga., Ernie Green rushed for more than 1,500 yards in his career as a Louisville Cardinal.

An outstanding athlete, Green led U of L in rushing during two of his four seasons and was a versatile player out of the backfield catching passes. Green also excelled on the baseball diamond spurning contract offers to remain on the gridiron.

Green was selected in the 14th round of the 1962 NFL Draft by the reigning world champion Green Bay Packers. After surviving preseason camp, Green was sold to the Cleveland Browns where he would make a name for himself as one of the league's top fullbacks.

After seeing limited action as a rookie in 1962, Green entered the Cleveland backfield alongside the legendary Jim Brown. Green finished his first full season of action with 526 rushing yards and catching 28 passes out of the backfield. He also helped open holes for Brown to gain 1,863 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Following Brown's retirement in 1967, Green teamed with Leroy Kelly to give Cleveland one of the most dangerous backfield combinations in the NFL.

Green earned a pair of Pro Bowl appearances following the 1966 and 1967 seasons and was a member of the Browns' 1964 NFL Championship team.

He completed his six-year NFL career gaining 3,204 yards while catching 179 passes out of the backfield.

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