Green returns to his hometown to play for the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks.
Former Cornhusker Returns to State of Nebraska
Omaha, Neb. (Thursday, June 10, 2010) – Not to be outdone by his alma mater in the headlines, former Nebraska running back Ahman Green signed a deal today with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League (UFL). By coming to terms in this agreement, the four-time NFL Pro Bowler and all-time leading rusher for the Green Bay Packers is now set to return to the same state where he played his high school and college football.
“I am very excited about this season with Omaha Nighthawks,” Green said of the signing. “I cannot wait to put on a Nighthawks uniform. Doing what I do best in the town where I grew up in is a dream come true.”
Green was a standout player at Central High School in Omaha and then ran for 3880 yards and 42 touchdowns while attending the University of Nebraska. He was also a key member of a pair of Cornhusker national championship teams in 1995 and 1997.
“We have signed a player who is a winner, a record-setter and an exceptional talent who will help us win games,” Nighthawks head coach Jeff Jagodzinski commented. “The buzz here in Omaha is fantastic, and I know the fans here will now be even more excited about the coming season with Ahman on their roster.”
Green enjoyed a 13-year career in the NFL with the Packers and Houston Texans after being drafted in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. For his professional career, Green has run for a total of 9205 yards and 60 touchdowns, averaging 4.5 yards per carry.
“We have promised to deliver a quality product on the field, and Ahman Green is another example of keeping that pledge we made to fans of the UFL,” Commissioner Michael Huyghue stated. “I am excited to see the Nighthawks offense in action with this exciting rusher bursting out of the backfield.”
The signing of Green to the Nighthawks is the second major addition to the UFL of a former Pro Bowl selection this week. The league announced on Monday that three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Daunte Culpepper was reuniting with Sacramento Mountain Lions head coach Dennis Green, whom he played under with the Minnesota Vikings.
The UFL will play a 10-week season in 2010, which is its second year of operation. The season schedule will run from September until November, with the league championship being conducted on Thanksgiving Weekend. For more information on the United Football League, visit www.ufl-football.com.