Honors & Awards
The Omaha Central graduate produced a Nebraska freshman single-season record with 1,086 yards to help NU to a national championship, before adding the best junior single-season total in Husker history with 1,877 yards to assist Nebraska's run to another title in 1997.
He chose to forego his senior season of eligibility and the enter the NFL Draft following his junior season. He was a third-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks. He spent the 1998 and 1999 seasons with Seattle, before joining the Green Bay Packers in 2000. He enjoyed seven highly productive seasons in Green Bay from 2000 through 2006, before joining the Houston Texans for his 10th NFL season in 2007. He had appeared in 132 games with 96 starts through his first 10 NFL seasons.
One of best all-around backs in NFL history, Green had rushed for 8,751 yards on 1,941 carries, while adding 2,833 receiving yards on 364 career catches entering the 2008 season. He owned 56 rushing touchdowns, including a career-long 98-yarder for the Packers in 2003, while adding 53 more touchdown catches in his career. From 2000 through 2005, Green reeled off five consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons for the Packers, including career highs with 1,883 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground for the Packers in 2003. He added 367 yards on 50 receptions for five more scores to finish with a career-best 2,250 combined yards out of the backfield.
A five-time NFL Pro Bowl selection from 2000 through 2004, Green gained 9,036 yards from scrimmage during those five seasons, the most by any NFL player during that span.
Green has a strong family tradition with the University of Nebraska. His nephew, Tierre Green, was a four-year letterman for the Huskers from 2004 through 2007. Ahman is also a cousin of Husker Niles Paul.
Although Green departed Nebraska early for the NFL, he returned to campus and earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2003.
Green, who was also a Heisman Trophy candidate and one of 15 semifinalists for the Football News National Player-of-the-Year award, started all 12 games and finished with 1,877 rushing yards (278 carries). He averaged a stellar 6.8 yards per carry while scoring a team-leading 22 touchdowns. His longest run of the season came on a 64-yard burst in NU's win over Colorado.
In addition to his running prowess, Green tied for the team lead with 14 receptions on the season, including a season-long 39-yard catch and run at Missouri. He finished with 105 yards receiving on the year. He led the Huskers with 1,982 all-purpose yards, while also leading NU with 132 points.
Green galloped for a season-high 209 yards on just 15 attempts in NU's win over Iowa State, while adding 179 yards on a season-high 34 carries in a victory over Texas A&M. He had a season-best four touchdowns in wins over Baylor and Kansas State. The win over KSU included his season-long touchdown run of 59 yards. He produced a season-high 237 all-purpose yards at Missouri, including 189 yards rushing and one score on 30 carries.
He opened the season with 99 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries in NU's rout of Akron, before pounding his way for 113 yards on 25 carries in a win over Central Florida. The effort against UCF began a string of 12 straight 100-yard rushing efforts to close his NU career. He added 129 yards and a score on 29 carries in a win at Washington, before cruising for 193 yards and four scores on just 20 carries against Kansas State. He pitched in 158 yards and four more touchdowns on 20 carries against Baylor, before adding 178 yards and a score on 24 totes against Texas Tech. He worked his way to 123 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries against Kansas, before contributing 105 yards on 18 carries against Oklahoma. Green then racked up 189 yards at MU.
Green rushed for at least 200 yards in three of his last four games in a Husker uniform, including 206 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries as the Huskers claimed a share of the national title with a resounding 42-17 victory over Tennessee in the Orange Bowl. After rolling for 209 yards against the Cyclones, he erupted for 202 yards and two scores on 29 carries against Colorado, before closing the regular season with 179 yards and three scores against Texas A&M.
With Green leading the way, Nebraska ranked first nationally as a team with 513.7 yards of total offense per game in 1997, including a nation-leading 392.6 rushing yards per contest. The Huskers also led the nation in scoring with 47.1 points per contest.
He opened the season with 71 rushing yards in a win over Michigan State, before settling for 87 yards in a loss at Arizona State. He rolled for 163 rushing yards and added three catches for 19 more yards in a win over Colorado State. Green added 66 yards and a score on 14 carries before leaving a win over Kansas State early with a turf toe injury.
The injury kept him out of the game against Baylor, before he returned to rush for 76 yards on 19 carries in a little more than two quarters in a win over Texas Tech. He added 65 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries before leaving the game against Kansas in the second quarter because of the injury.
He rushed just nine times, including a four-yard touchdown, in a win at Oklahoma, before amassing 161 yards and a score on just 12 carries in a win over Missouri. He had a season-long 56-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second half against the Tigers.
Green followed with a career-high 214 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries against Iowa State. It was Green's first career 200-yard rushing effort. He injured his left foot in practice before NU's game with Colorado, and appeared in just the game's opening series, carrying three times for nine yards against the Buffaloes, which put him past the 2,000-yard rushing mark for his career.
Green did not play in Nebraska's Big 12 Championship Game battle against Texas, but returned to rush seven times for 52 yards in the Huskers' Orange Bowl romp past Virginia Tech.
He averaged 98.7 yards per game and 7.7 yards per carry, while scoring 13 touchdowns in his first season in Lincoln, helping the Huskers capture the 1995 national title. He was also a major player in Nebraska's offense racking up a school-record 556.3 yards per game, while scoring a school-record 52.4 points per contest. The Huskers also averaged a nation-leading 399.8 yards rushing per contest.
His 1,086 yards set the Nebraska single-season record for rushing yards by a freshman, as he became the 38th freshman in NCAA Division I-A history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He also added a then-NU freshman record with 12 receptions, which covered 102 yards, and he added 71 yards on four kickoff returns. His 1,259 all-purpose yards were also the most ever by a Husker freshman, as he averaged 114.5 all-purpose yards per game.
Green opened his NU career by rushing six times for 52 yards and a 14-yard touchdown in Nebraska's season-opening victory over Oklahoma State. He followed with four carries for 74 yards, including a 57-yard scoring sprint against Michigan State.
He then reeled off three straight 100-yard rushing efforts, including 111 yards and two touchdowns on just 13 carries in a rout of Arizona State, before rolling for 112 yards and two scores on just 15 carries against Pacific. Green capped the stretch with 176 yards and a score on 13 carries against Washington State.
Green moved into the starting lineup for the last six games of the regular season, and opened with 90 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries against Missouri. He added 109 yards on a season-high 22 totes against Kansas State, before putting up 97 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries against Colorado. He matched his season high with 176 yards and a season-best three touchdowns on just 12 carries against Iowa State, before managing 45 yards on 10 carries at Kansas. He closed the regular season with 44 yards on 13 attempts against Oklahoma.
He did not start in Nebraska's 1996 Fiesta Bowl romp past Florida to win the national title, but he did rush nine times for 68 yards and one score against the Gators. His touchdown gave NU a 22-10 lead early in the second quarter, as the Huskers rolled to a 62-24 win.
Omaha Central High School
Green was listed as Bluechip's top running prospect. He rushed for 1,591 yards and 14 touchdowns on 164 carries as a senior, averaging 9.7 yards per carry and 176.8 yards per game for Coach Joe McMenamin. Green also caught four passes for 40 yards in 1994. Green rushed for more than 1,000 yards at two different high schools - as a junior and senior at Omaha Central, and as a sophomore at Omaha North.
Omaha Central also produced former NFL running backs Gayle Sayers of Kansas, and fellow former Husker I-back Calvin Jones. Green also played linebacker and punted for Central.
Green was a two-time first-team All-Nebraska selection by the Omaha World-Herald, a two-time first-team Super-State selection by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Journal Star's Offensive Player of the Year in 1994.
In the spring of 1995, Green won the Class A 100-meter dash state title with a time of 10.61, the 200 in 21.91 and was the anchor of Central's 400-meter relay that won in 42.98. He was the Omaha World-Herald's Nebraska High School Male Athlete of the Year for 1994-95. He also played baseball, batting .400 while playing center field.
Academically, he was named to the honor roll as a junior and senior and earned academic all-state honors as a junior.
Green selected Nebraska after visits to Notre Dame, Arizona, Michigan and Penn State.
Green's Career Statistics Year G/S Att. Gain Loss Net Y/A Y/G Long TDs 1995 11/6 141 1,108 22 1,086 7.7 98.7 64 vs. ISU 13 1996 10/10 155 956 39 917 5.9 91.7 70 vs. MU 7 1997 12/12 278 1,925 48 1,877 7.8 156.4 64 vs. CU 22 Totals 33/28 574 3,989 109 3,880 6.8 117.6 70 vs. MU 42
64 vs. ISU
70 vs. MU
64 vs. CU
70 vs. MU
Receiving: 35-300-3 total; 12-102-3 in 1995; 9-93-0 in 1996; 14-105-0 in 1997