Jared Green gave a surprising answer when he was asked who the toughest player he has ever played against.
“My dad’s one of the best DBs I’ve gone against,” Green said. “He’s very intense.”
When asked what his father was up to lately, Jared responded, “right now he’s launching something called WalkFitHealth Nation to help the fight against obesity and people out of shape. But besides that, his main thing is me,” Green said. “He’s always checking me out. Every time I get an opportunity to get on the phone, I’m talking to him.”
Jared ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the scouting combine, and hopes that his speed and his know-how on the field will help him make the Carolina Panthers roster. Jared is one of 12 undrafted free-agents taking part in mini-camp.
Darrell has also been helping his son out with the mental and physical aspects of the game as well.
“It could be in the yard, or it could be in the kitchen with little stuff. There’s always a teaching point if we’re talking or walking,” Green said. “His biggest thing is showing me what it’s going to look like. He doesn’t want me in any way, shape or form to be surprised out there.
“The training that we’ve done leading up to this point, that’s been huge. That’s the physical aspect.”
Jared fell in love with the Panthers before the draft, and thinks it would be an ideal landing spot for him.
“I basically fell in love with them way before, when I had worked out for them and had different conversations with them over the past few months,” Green said. “So when other teams called, my heart was already leaning toward Charlotte.
“The environment around here is something I’ve never seen in my life. It’s very friendly. Everybody is goal-oriented, and the leadership is amazing – and I haven’t even met the vets yet. The leadership from the coaches and the way they’ve developed relationships with us in basically one day is amazing to me.”
As a life-long Washington Redskins fan, I watched Darrell Green with admiration for most of his career, and I hope that his son can fare as well with the Carolina Panthers. It will be a tough act to follow, but let’s hope that he has the skills and work ethic to make the team first.