Green Anything But Irrelevant for Bears

With the final selection of the 2000 NFL Draft the Chicago Bears select ....<P> Mike Green, Safety, Northwestern State (LA)

Michael Green had his best game as a pro Sunday against the Vikings. The second year safety was on the field throughout the game when Minnesota went to three and four receiver sets or on nickel and dime packages.

But, with a draft class that included linebacker Brian Urlacher, safety Mike Brown, wide receiver Dez White and kicker Paul Edinger few people paid attention to the Bears final pick.

They should have.

Mike Green a 6'0, 176 pound safety from a small school located in Louisiana was the 254th overall selection in the 2000 NFL Draft.

Green, was tagged "Mr. Irrelevant" the good-natured name given to the last player drafted.

The Bears believed Green had potential. "Vance Bedford (secondary coach) was very high on this young man. Vance thinks he has a legitimate chance to make our team," said Bears' head coach Dick Jauron following the selection of Green.

"Michael (Green) is a young player that has lots of ability and love for the game and it shows on the field," Jauron said.

The Bears head coach was right.

Green made the team in 2000 and appeared in seven games mostly on special teams.

He has continued to excel on special teams this season with 16 solo tackles and two assisted for a team-high 18 stops.

Green has received an expanded role in the defense this season and has taken full advantage.

You may have noticed No. 43 on the field last night. In fact he was all over the field.

Green tied Brian Urlacher for the team lead in tackles with a career-high 11 against the Vikings.

Jauron said Green has come on as of late.

"He's (Green) one of the young players that we've had a lot of confidence in," Jauron said. "He's developed very quickly he's worked hard at it and the more playing time he gets the better he seems to perform. I thought yesterday was outstanding he just showed up in so many areas. You know in our nickel package and our dime package and also on special teams he's done a tremendous job all year. He's got talent and he uses it."

Everywhere you looked Sunday night in the Bears 13-6 victory over Minnesota he seemed to be around the ball.

Green made numerous open field tackles on Vikings tight end Byron Chamberlain, running back Michael Bennett and star wide receiver Randy Moss.

For the season Green has compiled 37 tackles, one sack, and is tied team lead with two forced fumbles.

It turns out Mike Green has been anything but Irrelevant for the Bears.

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