Green: Asthma shouldn't sentence kids to sidelines

Last installment in a series<P> Multi-million dollar deals, contract holdouts, and sometimes less-than-rosy news reports all cast a very public shadow on the responsibility of professional athletes as role models. This summer, Green Bay Packer Ahman Green is quietly giving children suffering from a common medical condition a real role model, as well as real hope for their future health.<P>

Ahman Green has suffered from exercise-induced asthma since he was eight years old. Decades ago, that may have kept him off the football field. Green wants children to know that asthma is no longer sentences them to the sidelines. He is touring Wisconsin with that message, meeting with children at medical center programs around the state.

"Even before I knew what it was, I just looked at it as ‘I don't know what's wrong, but I'm not going to let it stop me,' " Green said.

Green's asthma became impossible to ignore when, as a standout high school football player, he sometimes found himself suddenly gasping for air, struggling to breathe. Tests at Children's Hospital in Omaha, Neb. Determined that he suffered from intrinsic asthma, more commonly known as exercise-induced asthma.

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