Jan. 30, 2009
ORLANDO, Fla. -
With 15 players suiting up for various teams in the National Football League, UCF led all other Conference USA schools in 2008. Today, we look at former offensive lineman Cornell Green who just completed his 10th year in the NFL and his first starting all 16 games.
First signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Falcons and later the Washington Redskins, Green got into the league for good wearing the green of the New York Jets in 2000. After being waived by the Jets in December of 2001 and finishing the season with the Miami Dolphins. During the offseason, Green found a new home near his original hometown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In 2002, Green played in all 16 games for the Buccaneers, making three starts at right tackle. He also played in all three of Tampa Bay's playoff games, including the team's victory over Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII. Green stayed with the Buccaneers through the 2006 season playing at both left and right tackle. He signed with the Raiders in 2007 as a free agent and started 10 games at right tackle that season before suffering a season-ending leg injury. Green was back in the fold for Oakland in 2008, starting all 16 games at left tackle.
Green was a three-year starter for UCF from 1996-98, playing both right and left tackle and blocking for his future Oakland Raiders teammate Daunte Culpepper. He was named UCF's Outstanding Offensive Lineman three years in a row as the then-Golden Knights began their tenure at the Division I-A level. Green came to UCF from Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg.
On Monday, we look at former tight end Michael Gaines of the Detroit Lions.