Left Tackles are some of the highest paid athletes in all of sport. As the movie that hilighted Michael Oher’s meteoric rise to NFL Stardom eluded to, they protect the right handed Quarterback’s “Blind Side”. Left Tackles handle the things the Quarterback can’t see. This is not ironic, because much of the life of an Offensive Lineman is spent doing things that people can’t see. A great block, a blitz pickup, a strong punch, or a fantastic first step are things the average fan never notices, but these are the things that win football games. The unseen things that win football games mirror the things that win in life. Being courteous to people, being early to class or meetings, and helping folks that are less fortunate, while asking for no notoriety or fanfare. These are things that make someone a winner, and are often in the public’s “blind side”. These traits are also characteristics that make Russ Green this week’s Wareouse 3Nineteen Student Athlete of the Week.
Russ is the son of Dell and Robin Green, and he is a Senior Football Player. Russ currently holds a 3.9 Grade Point Average in College Prep Courses and carries a 21 on the ACT. Although Russ is a big time athlete, athletics does not consume his life. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, and the Spanish Club. Russ has played varsity football for four years, with most of those coming as a starter on the Offensive Line.
After graduating, Russ fully intends on furthering his football career, and should get that opportunity as a Division I Athlete. While participating in intercollegiate athletics, Russ plans to gain a world class education, and although undecided on his major, he is currently leaning towards Business Finance or Economics. With his intended Business Major, Russ is currently considering pursuing a career in Financial Advising.
Raised in a service oriented family, unlike the normal honor student or star athlete, Russ spends several hours per year doing community service, or trying to make a difference in our community. By taking part in these activities, he has gained valuable insight. He has learned a lot of lessons, he’s learned a lot about people, and he’s learned a lot about himself. An opportunity that Russ points to as having a large impact on him personally was when he had the privilege of serving dinner to cancer survivors at a Relay for Life Banquet. Seeing the zest for life, the resolve, and never quit mentality in those that he served is something that would have to stay with him.
When asked what lessons he learned as an athlete at Jasper High School and what athletics has taught him, Russ said that “being part of an athletics group such as football has taught me all of the characteristics of being a ‘man’ ”. He goes further by saying that “Having that leadership through the years from the coaching staff helped me to grow and understand the relationship I’ve had with them, as well as football”. When asked what would be his greatest memory from his time as a Vike, he doesn’t hesitate at all by saying, “ Friday Night Lights”.
When asked what advice he could offer a younger athlete, Russ offers some insight that will serve the younger athletes well. He said, “Always finish what you start”. He explains his advice by saying, “In the long run, it will be worth every second”. It has been worth every second watching Russ develop and mature into a highly intelligent, thoughtful young man.
The maturity level and integrity that Russ possesses does not just happen on its own. Russ has some people that he would like to thank for helping him to become the young man that he is today. “I would like to thank my parents, along with my older brother Rob for helping me to determine my future. I would also like to thank my friends and my coaches for always pushing me and encouraging me to be the best that I could possibly be”.
We, along with Warehouse 3Nineteen would like to thank Russ for making our high school and the community of Jasper a better place because he is a part of it. Go by and see our good friends at Warehouse. Try the wings and thank me later. Don’t forget to tell them how much you appreciate them hilighting our young people.