Green keeps raising the bar

Another week, another 100 yards for Ahman Green. Green Bay's go-to guy is piling up numbers at a record pace. Each feat Green accomplishes is accompanied by names from the past whom the running back has supplanted in Packer annals. <p>

"Coach Sherman and the Packers gave me an opportunity," Green said of his climbing success in Green Bay. "It's been a work in progress ever since."

That progress has been well-documented in the Packer record books Green began the season with 3,802 career rushing yards, passed Gerry Ellis, Clarke Hinkle, Dorsey Levens and, most recently, Tony Canadeo on the Packers' all-time list. With 12 games left on the regular-season slate, the No. 2 spot held by John Brockington with 5,024 is already in Green's sights. The top spot is held by Jim Taylor with 8,207. Likewise, his 17 performances reaching 100-yards for the Packers ranks a not-too-distant second behind Taylor (26).

Green's one-yard scoring run in the second quarter was the 32nd TD rush of his career, which put him in fifth place on the Packers' all-time list passing Ted Fritsch. Green is also likely to pass Hinkle (35) and Verne Lewellen (37) this year. Paul Hornung (50) and Taylor (81) top the list.

Last week, Green produced a career-high 176 yards rushing vs. the Chicago Bears on the Monday Night Football stage. This week he knocked down another milestone, setting the Lambeau Field career rushing record – his 118 yards on 27 carries Sunday gave him a career mark of 2,324 yards at the Packers' home venue, surpassing Levens.

That was news to Green. "Thank you for telling me," Green told the reporter who gave him the numbers. "I don't keep track of those things. I just focus on what I have to do for the team. If I start focusing on yardage, I could lose focus on what I have to do to help this team win football games."

His pair of touchdowns Sunday in Green Bay's 35-13 win over Seattle gives him 7 so far this season, which already matches his total for last year.

While Green shies away from individual credit, he's quick to praise his offensive line.

"I love those guys. They make my job easier, and William (Henderson in the backfield), Green said. "We're playing together as a team now."

The weekend's slate of games was billed as "homecoming weekend," which brought Mike Holmgren back to Green Bay. But the gimmick inadvertently set up another reunion – Green met up with his former team and the coach who dealt him away.

In the week leading up to the game, as well as in the glow of victory afterward, Green remained steadfast in his reluctance to say anything negative about his Seattle experience.

"It brought me back to when I transferred high schools and played against my old high school team in Omaha, Central vs. North. It's just a game, got to go out there and have fun, just got to stay focused and better not get too caught up in the other emotions."

Still, his punishing performance against his old team Sunday had to send a message.

"I don't know, I probably did," Green said when asked if he proved anything to Holmgren. " It was a business deal. Once I came hereit was something at that time he thought I was better off with another team and I take it as that. It was a blessing in disguise for myself. I am very grateful for the guys I've got around me."

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