Tim Green
Green in November 2018
Born (1963-12-16) December 16, 1963 (age 60)
Occupation(s)Sports commentator, attorney, author, former linebacker
Years active1991–present

American football career
No. 99
Defensive end
Personal information
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:249 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Liverpool (NY)
NFL draft:1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Quarterback sacks:24.0
Player stats at PFR

Timothy John Green (born December 16, 1963) is an American former professional football player, a radio and television personality, and a best-selling author. He was a linebacker and defensive end with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL), a commentator for National Public Radio, and the former host of the 2005 revival of A Current Affair produced by 20th Television. In November 2018, Green announced that he was diagnosed with ALS.

Football and television career

Green graduated from Liverpool High School in 1982 and attended nearby Syracuse University. He graduated summa cum laude in 1986, and from SU's College of Law in 1994. He was named a two-time Academic All-American.[1] Green was a first-round selection in the 1986 NFL draft, taken 17th overall by the Atlanta Falcons.[2][3] Green would play for eight seasons with the Falcons before retiring after the 1993 season.[4]

Following his eight-year playing career, Green began his career in broadcasting. Serving as a commentator for the NFL on Fox, Comedy Central's BattleBots and on NPR before moving on to host the brief 2005 revival of A Current Affair and later on the American version of the Australian show Find My Family with Lisa Joyner in 2009.[5]

In December 2011, Green was named a winner of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, given annually to six former NCAA student-athletes for distinguished career accomplishment on the 25th anniversary of their college graduation.[6]

Writing career

Since his retirement from football, Green had written nearly forty novels ranging from adult suspense to youth sports.[7] His youth sports series in particular would become his best selling works as an author, with many of his works reaching The New York Times best-seller list of children's chapter books.[8] He serves on the National Writer's Project Writing Council[9]

Legal career

As an attorney, Green has been counsel with the law firm Barclay Damon LLP in New York State since February 1999. He has assisted in growing and developing the firm's client base, focusing on energy and intellectual property.[10] In May 2014, Green partnered with former Assistant District Attorney Scott Brenneck. Their firm, Team Green Lawyers, PLLC, is composed of former prosecutors that are now working privately and offering criminal defense services.[11]


Tim Green hosts a podcast called "Tim Green's Nothing Left Unsaid,"[12] which is unique in its use of advanced AI voice cloning technology by ElevenLabs. The podcast employs an AI voice cloned from Green's old recordings, allowing him to communicate and conduct deep conversations with various guests despite his condition. The podcast explores themes such as religion, personal beliefs, and transitions in faith, featuring notable figures from various fields and contributing to important discussions on contemporary issues.

Notable guests include Troy Aikman, Joe Buck, Brian Kilmeade, Merit Cudkowicz, Bill Goldberg, John Driskell Hopkins and Mark Brunell.

Personal life

Green lives in upstate New York with his wife, Illyssa, five children, and three dogs.[13]

Green was diagnosed with a slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2016,[14] a diagnosis he didn't reveal publicly until November 14, 2018, in a Facebook post.[15] He was featured on the November 18 edition of 60 Minutes and the NFL on Fox's Thanksgiving broadcast on November 22, discussing his life and struggles with the disease.





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  2. ^ "1986 Atlanta Falcons Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  3. ^ "1986 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 1, 2023.
  4. ^ "Tim Green". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  5. ^ "ABC.com - Television Shows & Programming". Abc.go.com. Archived from the original on January 28, 2010. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  6. ^ "NCAA Names Silver Anniversary Winners" (Press release). NCAA. December 1, 2010. Archived from the original on December 5, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  7. ^ "Books listing" (PDF). www.amazon.com. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Hakim, Danny (September 27, 2007). "Democrats May Get Celebrity in Senate Race". The New York Times – via NYTimes.com.
  9. ^ "Writers Council - National Writing Project". www.nwp.org.
  10. ^ "Tim Green". www.barclaydamon.com.
  11. ^ "Syracuse NY Criminal Defense Lawyers". Team Green Lawyers.
  12. ^ "Tim Green Nothing Left Unsaid". tgnlu.com.
  13. ^ "Tim Green - About Tim". timgreenbooks.com.
  14. ^ "Tim Green fought ALS diagnosis until it nearly killed him, and now he's fighting back". theathletic.com.
  15. ^ Mink, Nate (November 15, 2018). "Former Syracuse football legend Tim Green says he has ALS". syracuse.com.