"This is probably the healthiest he's come out of the season since I've been here," said Packers coach and general manager Mike Sherman.
Green played in all 16 regular season games and both of Green Bay's post-season games. Aside from the 1,883 yards rushing on 355 attempts (5.3 avg. per carry) during the regular season, he also rushed for 222 yards on 48 carries (4.6 avg.) in two playoff games.
Thrilled? Elated? The always modest and low-key Green takes it in stride. The self-proclaimed "blue-collar worker" has reaped the benefits of one of the finest Packers offensive lines since the Packers' Super Bowl XXXI championship season, and gives it kudos every chance he gets.
"I take my hat off to the guys on the O-line and everybody blocking for me to help me get (to the Pro Bowl)," Green said.
Because of the Packers' fine line, Green racked up some impressive numbers throughout the 2003 season. The only knock against him was fumbling. But after losing seven balls in the team's first nine games, Green didn't fumble in his last 246 touches.
Here are some of Green's notable achievements in 2003:
– Set single-game rushing record with 218 yards (20 attempts) against Denver on Dec. 28. He also broke Dorsey Levens' record of 190 yards with 192 yards (29 att) Nov. 10 against Philadelphia.
– Became only the third Packers player with 1,000 carries and 5,000 yards (Jim Taylor, John Brockington).
– Became the second-leading ground gainer in Packers history with 5,685 yards (4 seasons) and now trails only Hall of Famer Jim Taylor, 8,207 yards from 1958-66 (9 seasons).
– Established a team record with four consecutive 100-yard efforts.
– Established team record with 2,250 yards from scrimmage, breaking his own 2001 mark, 1,981.
– Green's 98-yard run from scrimmage Dec. 28 vs. Denver, his last carry of the regular season, broke Andy Uram's 64-year-old record for the longest run in team history. The run stands alone as the second-longest rushing play in NFL history. Tony Dorsett's 99-yarder (Dallas vs. Minnesota, Jan. 3, 1983) is the league record.
– Most overall (rushing and receiving) Packers touchdowns (20) in a season, since 1932.
– Broke the league's oldest single-season team rushing mark — Jim Taylor's 1,474 in 1962. Cleveland's Jim Brown (1963) now holds that distinction.
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