Jared Green following father's path

Jared Green didn't begin playing football until he was a high school freshman. Now, he's hoping to follow in the large footsteps of his father: retired Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green, a Hall of Famer recognized as one of the fastest players to ever play the game.

A fleet wide receiver from Southern University who transferred for his senior year after playing four seasons at the University of Virginia, Jared Green is making his NFL bid now while playing in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl this week in Los Angeles.

While the family has always been serious about football, family has always been the focus for Jared Green.

"The great thing about our relationship is football didn't come into play until I really got serious about the game," Jared Green told Scout in a telephone interview following a practice session in Los Angeles. "My dad didn't bring that into the house. He left that at Redskins Park. There were nights the Redskins played and we saw him the same night. He was never gone for long. It was a great experience to have a father who was a good family man who was dedicated to our mother and to us.

"As the years went on and I started getting more serious about football, we began to understand there was a possibility of me being a good football player. One we got together, just me and him and started working on speed and quickness. His buddies like Art Monk and those guys helped me with receiver things. It's a great journey. My dad is definitely a great guy."

Like his famous father, Green is fast. He plans to run the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds for NFL scouts at his Pro Day workout.

With that kind of role model in the home, Green graduated from Virginia with a degree in anthropology.

He chose Southern over Arkansas Pine-Bluff, playing for former NFL running back Stump Mitchell after considering playing for his godfather: Arkansas Pine-Bluff coach Monte Coleman, a former Redskins linebacker.

"He's got speed, he's got size," Mitchell said last fall. "He wasn't the primary receiver at Virginia, but he caught some balls, and we're a passing offense. That was the main thing he wanted to be involved with, because he has aspirations of playing at the next level."

Green caught 35 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns, transferring from Virginia one year after coach Al Groh was fired and replaced by Mike London.

Green scored his first college touchdown against the University of Miami and caught three passes for 40 yards in his first game against USC.

At Southern last season, he caught 17 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns.

So far, Green has enjoyed his all-star experience.

"I think it's awesome," he said. "I'm really glad to be at this bowl game. I think this will be the future premier bowl game. They treat the players really well here. We're staying at the Westin. We're using great facilities and we get nice food. We got our own football cards to sign and others we got to keep.

"That was pretty cool, to have your own football card. We're learning about life skills. A lot of things they've thrown at us are extremely beneficial. We have an incredible coaching staff with Tom Flores and his group. It's been a great experience."

Green grew up in Northern Virginia, not far from one of his good friends: Baltimore Ravens rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith.

"He's one of the premier guys in the league," Green said of Smith, who caught 50 passes this season for seven touchdowns for the AFC North champions. "We're the same age. He's a good person and a great football player."

This isn't Green's first all-star game.

A few months ago, he played in the HCBU all-star game in Atlanta.

While he was there, he talked to roughly a dozen NFL teams.

That included the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers and the Seattle Seahawks.

The feedback was positive.

"They had a lot of good things to say," said Green, who gave a speech at his father's Hall of Fame induction four years ago. "All I know is I got to keep it up and continue to boost my stock up. Over these past few months, I think I did a pretty good job of solidifying the fact that Jared Green is a fast receiver that can open up the top of the defense. A lot of teams have said that to me and recognized that. I think I'm going to continue to work hard for my goal and do well anytime I'm seen."

Green hasn't decided yet on an agent, but plans to choose one soon.

"I'm not in a rush," he said. "I'm still feeling a couple of guys out."

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