''Whenever he does leave the game, he's really going to miss it and miss being around teammates and the camaraderie and friendships.''
Green will find out Tuesday whether or not he'll start the opener, or whether it will be Fred Smoot. The rookie is confident that he deserves the job. But he's equally confident that Green can still play.
''It surprised me that he was as fast as he is,'' Smoot said. ''There's no doubt he's still the fastest man on the team. I'm sorry. That amazed me. The first couple of days I sat there with my mouth open. How can this man still be this fast and quick? Retire? I don't see why he's retiring.''
Because it's time for him to do something else. And because his life is about more than just football. Of course, he's been a professional football player nearly half his life. And, in that time, he won over tons of fans.
''The guy stood for a class act,'' Redskins defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson said. ''He's a guy you love to be around and he's one of the guys. He's a lot older than everybody, but it's how he relates and communicates to each player. The time I've spent with him has been great.''