Alexander Denell "Alex" Green (born June 23, 1988) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He played college football at The University of Hawaii. He was considered one of the better running back prospects for the 2011 NFL Draft. He was drafted third round, 96th overall, by the Green Bay Packers in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Green graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland, Oregon, in 2006. During his senior season at Benson, he rushed for 1,134 yards and 14 touchdowns to earn first-team All-PIL honors.
Green originally went to Butte College in Oroville, California, the same college that future Packers teammate Aaron Rodgers played for. In 2008, Green lead the team to a 12-0 record and the junior college national championship. During that time he had 1,037 yards and 14 touchdowns rushing, he also scored two receiving touchdowns.
University of Hawaii
After two years, Green transferred to the University of Hawaii at Manoa as an oncoming junior where he became an integral part of their spread offense for the Hawaii Warriors
In his first year at Hawaii, Green played in all thirteen games as a running back. He had 453 yards and two touchdowns rushing, as well as 11 receptions for 98 yards and another touchdown. His best game at the season came against Utah State University, where he rushed for 110 yards on 10 carries (11 yards per carry). The Warriors finished the season 6-7.
During his senior year, Green was featured much more in the Warrior offense. Green rushed for 1,199 yards and 18 touchdowns, both of which place second in Hawaii's single-season rushing leaderboards. During the game against New Mexico State, Green broke the school record for rushing in a game with 327 yards on 19 carries (an average of 17 yards per carry). He was named the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) player of the week and Capital One Impact Performer of the week.
Green was considered one of the better running back prospects coming into the 2011 NFL Draft. Scouts stated that Green was "thickly built and well-proportioned", with "competitive speed". However, he was also criticized for his ball-control, lack of power, and the fact that he played in "a pass-happy 'pistol' offense featuring wide splits against porous WAC defenses" and that he "was never asked to handle a heavy workload." He was projected to go as early as the third round.
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Green Bay Packers
Green was selected in the third round with 96th overall pick by the Packers. He made his regular season debut against the New Orleans Saints. He received his first carries at running back during garbage time in week 4 against the Denver Broncos. He had three carries for 11 yards and a touchdown vs the Arizona Cardinals. After Week 7, Green injured his knee and missed the rest of the season, an injury that head coach Mike McCarthy called "very unfortunate".
Green was released by the Packers on August 31, 2013.
New York Jets
Green was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets on September 1, 2013. Green was released by the Jets on August 30, 2014 during final roster cuts.