Syracuse University all-time leader Tim Green’s No.72 jersey will be withdrawn by Orange’s football schedule at halftime of the team’s home opener on September 14 against Clemson, Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack said on Monday.
Green is the first predominantly defensive player in the program’s 129-year history to remove his jersey and the sixth overall.
Green posted a school record of 45.5 career sacks and 341 tackles, the most for a lineman at Syracuse, between 1982 and 1985 to help Orange begin their football resurgence under the leadership of the head coach Dick MacPherson. A member of the Syracuse All-Century team, Green recorded three of the four highest season sack totals in Orange history. He’s also responsible for three of the four best tackling seasons an SU lineman has ever had.
“I humbly accept this great honor not on my own behalf but on behalf of Coach Mac, all of his coaching staff, my teammates and of course George O’Leary,” said Green. “Without them, no success I have had on the football field would have been possible.
“I also want my Syracuse Orange fan friends to know how much I have appreciated their kindness and support over the years. This recognition is especially sweet as it comes at another time of rebirth throughout the football program. I would like to thank John Wildhack and the current administration for this incredible tribute.
While on campus, Green also excelled in the classroom. He majored in English and was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist as a senior. He is the only CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American twice in the history of the program, winning the award in 1984 and 1985.
“Tim Green is one of the most accomplished student-athletes in Syracuse University history. He was one of the most important rookies of the Coach Mac era, a Syracuse native who chose to play for his hometown team and help rebuild our program, ”said Wildhack. “Tim’s academic accomplishments are also incredibly impressive, which says a lot about his diverse talents.”
Green, 55, revealed on “60 Minutes” last November that he was living with a slowly progressing version of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS. Green and his family started an ALS research fundraiser at Massachusetts General Hospital called Tackle ALS. To date, Tackle ALS has generated over $ 2.1 million for ALS research.
“Tim’s courage and optimism about ALS is truly inspiring,” said Wildhack. “It is only fitting that someone of their achievement is celebrated at one of the most anticipated home games in recent history.”