Marcus Green: "I Bleed Maroon and White"

When Mississippi State offered Marcus Green, now a fifth-yhear senior tight end on this year's Bulldog squad, a scholarship going into his senior season of high school, it was a no-brainer for the talented youngster. Five years later it's still a no-brainer.

"I have put in so much time, blood, sweat and tears I (now) bleed maroon and white all day long," said the senior tight end who has played in 28 games during a career that has been interrupted by several injuries. "It has been hard work around good people. It is something that I want to come back to; bring my kids, bring a camper and support the team."

He explained why Mississippi State was the clear choice coming out of high school.

"For one, Mississippi State was close to home," said the Kemper county native who who chose State over offers from Southern Miss and Ole Miss. "That was very important because I wanted my family to be able to come watch me play. Two, I wanted to help make the home team look good. Mississippi State was the first to offer and they showed interest, a lot of interest."

Other colleges also showed interest in him even after he committed.

"Since I was already committed, schools kind of backed off of me but schools that did (continue to) show interest in me were Alabama, Southern (Miss) and a couple of others," said the 6-1-240-pounder.

While football is now his passion, thanks to his dad he had another passion when he was in junior high school.

"I grew up wanting to be a truck driver like my dad, something that he had been doing since I was a little kid," said Marcus. "I wanted to be a truck driver all through middle school until I got to playing football."

Football then became his dream.

"I started playing football in the 7th grade," said Marcus. "I didn't forget about truck driving because it was something that I could do later in life, but I wanted to chase my dream of playing football as long as I could."

As he continued to play football, he realized that dream could extend into college.

"At first, it didn't come to me to go play football in college," said Marcus. "It was just fun to me, scoring touchdowns. I kind of got addictive to that because I knew I was going to score in every game. But I want to say I knew I could play college ball in my 11th grade year."

Mississippi State confirmed it in his senior year of high school.

"It came to me my 12th grade year when Mississippi State offered me a scholarship," said Green.

Green will play his final game as a Bulldog Friday night in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

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