Tim Green is widely recognized one of the greatest defensive players to ever come out of Syracuse University. With a record setting 45.5 career sacks and 341 career tackles by a down lineman, Tim has rightfully earned his recognition. And, during his time in the NFL as an Atlanta Falcon, he managed to rack up 24 sacks over the course of an eight season career. However, his high school athletic career has recently been put into the spotlight, with Tim’s inclusion in Syracuse.com’s “CNY’s 50 All-Time Greatest High School Football Players” list.
In the list, Tim is impressively featured as third overall. Graduating from Liverpool High School in Liverpool, New York in 1982, Tim played for the Liverpool High School Warriors football team, being cited as one of the greatest football linemen in Onondaga League history. He received the Upstate New York Player of the Year Award and was named High School All-American. Not only did Tim play exceptionally well in football, but he also made a huge splash on Liverpool’s wrestling team, earning a state heavyweight wrestling championship in 1981. This, combined with his incredible career at Syracuse, his time in the NFL, career as a lawyer and plethora of award winning books earned Tim his position in the list.
Joining Tim Green in the list are: Former NFL stars Dorsey Levens, Ray Seals and Pete Holohan. Levens, a running back for the Green Bay Packers for the majority of his career, retired after eight seasons with Green Bay, two Super Bowl appearances (and a win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI) and one Pro Bowl appearance in ‘97. He was officially inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 2009.
Tim faced heavy competition from the other players on the list. But his hard work, determination, talent, and passion for football, and sports in general, is what got him into the top three. Tim is incredibly humbled to have been included in the list, saying, “When you get over the age of 50 it’s pretty nice if anyone remembers anything about your sports career from high school. They made a mistake though, no way should I have been ahead of Latavius Murray!”