|No. -- Free agent|
|Position:||Wide receiver / Return specialist|
|Date of birth:||September 12, 1984|
|Place of birth:||Houma, Louisiana|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school:||Jefferson Parish (LA) Higgins|
|NFL Draft:||2006 / Round: 4 / Pick: 125|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2008|
|Player stats at ArenaFan.com|
Skyler Green (September 12, 1984 in Houma, Louisiana) is an American football wide receiver and return specialist who is currently a free agent. He most recently played for the New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at LSU.
Born in Houma and raised in the New Orleans suburb of Westwego, Green went to L.W. Higgins High School. During his senior year, he rushed for 2,174 yards on 194 carries, as he played as a multi-threat quarterback.
He went to Louisiana State University (over Alabama and Louisiana Tech) and played college football for the LSU Tigers. Green played for LSU for four seasons and caught 111 passes for 1,129 yards and nine touchdowns. He was originally recruited as a RB but switched to WR to get more playing time.
During his career, Green was also particularly dangerous as a punt returner, returning his first punt as a Tiger for a touchdown at Arizona in 2003. He finished his LSU career with four punt returns for touchdowns, also scoring against the Florida Gators in 2003, the Vanderbilt Commodores in 2004, and the Auburn Tigers in 2005. On LSU's 2003 National Championship Team, Green led the nation in yards-per-return, at 18.5.
In 2002, Green's freshman year, he stepped in as one of LSU's three primary receivers late in the season after Devery Henderson broke his arm in the 11th game of the season against Ole Miss. The next week, at Arkansas, Green took a Marcus Randall screen pass 67 yards for a touchdown. Green finished the season with 7 receptions for 123 yards and 1 touchdown.
In 2003, Green's sophomore year, he was one of LSU's three primary receivers (Jerel Myers had graduated). Green caught 48 passes for 519 yards and 5 touchdowns.
His best play of the year was against #7 Georgia (televised by CBS). With the score tied 10-10 with 1:22 left in the game, LSU faced a third and four from Georgia's 34. On what looked like a busted play, Green sprinted free for quarterback Matt Mauck, who lofted the ball toward Green just as he was getting hit by Georgia linebacker Odell Thurman. Green sprinted under the ball, dove to the ground in the end zone and caught the pass for a game-winning touchdown, sending the LSU-record crowd of 92,251 into a frenzy. A photo of catch was featured the next week in Sports Illustrated.
In 2004, Green's junior season, Michael Clayton and Devery Henderson were gone, but Green had to battle Craig Davis, Dwayne Bowe, and Early Doucet for time as one of LSU's three primary receivers. Green finished the season with 24 catches, 219 yards, and 3 touchdowns.
In 2005, Green's senior year, he caught 32 passes for 268 yards. He returned a punt for a touchdown. Green has two first cousins that play in the NFL; Jarvis Green currently of the New England Patriots and Howard Green drafted by the Houston Texans and played for the New Orleans Saints.
Awards and honors
- Second-team AP All-SEC (2003)
- Second-team Coaches' All-SEC (2003)
- First-team ESPN.com All-American (2003)
- First-team SI.com All-American (2003)
- Honorable mention AP All-SEC (2004)
- Second-team AP All-SEC (2005)
- First-team Coaches' All-SEC (2005)
- SEC Special Teams Player of the Year (2005)
- Third-team AP All-American (2005)
Green was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (125th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft, but was released at the end of the preseason and subsequently signed to the practice squad, where he was converted to running back. He was promoted to the active roster on October 13, but waived two months later.
Green was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals on December 15, 2006, but did not play the rest of the season. He attended training camp with the team in 2007 and made the regular season roster, but was released on November 5. He finished the season on the Bengals' practice squad.
New Orleans Saints
On January 3, 2008, the New Orleans Saints signed Green. He was released during final cuts on August 30 and re-signed to the practice squad two days later. After spending the majority of the 2008 season on the practice squad, Green was signed to the active roster on December 20 and made the most of a late-season promotion, appearing in the final two games and returning four kickoffs for 160 yards. He averaged 33.3 yards in his brief duty, including returns of 60 and 42 yards. He was waived on September 5, 2009.
New Orleans VooDoo
Skyler Green has four children. Three children with his lovely wife and one from another relationship. He resides in Luling, Louisiana.
- New Orleans Saints - Saints Add Five Players to Future Contracts
- "Saints make roster cuts, leave for Indy", http://www.2theadvocate.com/sports/27703339.html