Tim Green
Born (1963-12-16) December 16, 1963 (age 59)
Occupation(s)Sports commentator, attorney, author, former linebacker
Years active1991–present

Football career
No. 99
Position:Linebacker / 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 NFL.com · PFR

Timothy John Green (born December 16, 1963) is a retired professional American 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, 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] Green would play for eight seasons with the Falcons before retiring after the 1993 season.[3]

In 1985, Green was a contestant in the Crystal Light National Aerobic Championship.

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 in 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.[4]

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.[5]

Writing Career

Since his retirement from football, Green had written nearly fourty novels ranging from adult suspense to youth sports.[6] His youth sports series in particular would become his best selling works as an author, with many of his works reaching the The New York Times best-seller list of children's chapter books.[7] He serves on the National Writer's Project Writing Council[8]

Legal Career and Apartment Management

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.[9] 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.[10]

Green owns $26 million worth of apartment complexes in central New York as well as buildings in Vernon, Utica, and Plattsburgh, New York.[11] They are managed by a company, Green National, that he owns with his son.[11] The largest building, Skyline Apartments in Syracuse, New York, is a 12-story 364-unit building which has become the source of local controversy, having been cited for numerous code violations as well as security and accessibility concerns.[11] In March 2021, a woman was murdered in the building, and local police said they were "frustrated with the efforts of management" at the building, which tenants say has worsened since the Greens took over.[12][13]

Personal life

Green lives in upstate New York with his wife, Illyssa, five children, and three dogs.[14]

Green was diagnosed with a slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2016,[15] a diagnosis he wouldn't reveal publically until November 14th, 2018 in a Facebook post.[16] He was featured on the November 18th editon 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. ^ "Tim Green". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  4. ^ "ABC.com - Television Shows & Programming". Abc.go.com. Archived from the original on January 28, 2010. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  5. ^ "NCAA Names Silver Anniversary Winners" (Press release). NCAA. December 1, 2010. Archived from the original on December 5, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  6. ^ "Books listing" (PDF). www.amazon.com. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  7. ^ Hakim, Danny (September 27, 2007). "Democrats May Get Celebrity in Senate Race" – via NYTimes.com.
  8. ^ "Writers Council - National Writing Project". www.nwp.org.
  9. ^ "Tim Green". www.barclaydamon.com.
  10. ^ "Syracuse NY Criminal Defense Lawyers". Team Green Lawyers.
  11. ^ a b c Baker, Chris (August 12, 2019). "Police, tenants push football legend Tim Green's firm to fix nightmare apartments". syracuse. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  12. ^ Libonati, Chris (March 17, 2021). "Woman killed at Skyline Apartments on James Street in Syracuse". syracuse. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  13. ^ Lohmann, Patrick (March 18, 2021). "Inside Tim Green's Skyline Apartments: Murder, drugs and filth. Tenants, cops say enough already". syracuse. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  14. ^ "Tim Green - About Tim". timgreenbooks.com.
  15. ^ "Tim Green fought ALS diagnosis until it nearly killed him, and now he's fighting back". theathletic.com.
  16. ^ Mink, Nate (November 15, 2018). "Former Syracuse football legend Tim Green says he has ALS". syracuse.com.