2016 Gridiron Legend: Jacob Green
Former Texas A&M Aggie and standout NFL defensive end, Jacob Green, is one of the most storied players in Texas football history. Born in Pasadena, TX, Green joined the Aggies in 1977 under Head Coach Emory Bellard followed by Head Coach Tom Wilson. The two-time All-American left Texas A&M in 1979 after finishing his career with 37 quarterback sacks and 12 forced fumbles, a record that still holds today. Green’s success on the football field continued after the Seattle Seahawks drafted him in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft. The 10th overall pick went on to play defensive end for the Seahawks for 12 seasons, earning All-Pro Honors in both 1983 and 1984. During his time in Seattle, Green was a two-time Pro Bowl selection who accounted for 12 or more sacks in a single season six times in his NFL career. After accumulating 116 sacks in 12 seasons for the Seahawks, the team inducted Green into the Ring of Honor, a group of 11 members recognized for their contributions to the team. Along with his Ring of Honor induction in 1995, Green was added to the Texas A&M Letterman’s Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame in 2014. Most recently, Green earned his place in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Green now serves as vice president of major gifts and endowments for the 12th Man Foundation, which funds scholarships, programs and facilities in support of Texas A&M athletics.