Ottawa Rough Riders

Art Green - Running Back - 1973-76, 78 - Albany State

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excerpt CFL.ca - Alan Christie - July 29, 2009

Art Green was undrafted coming out of Albany State where he was a star running back. The speedy Green spent part of the 1972 season with the New Orleans Saints as a kick returner. In 1973, Green looked north and joined the Ottawa Rought Riders. Ottawa would win the Grey Cup in 1973 being led at quarterback by Rick Cassata. Green contributed with 54 carries and 2 rushing touchdowns.

 

The Atlanta native would gain a more prominent role in the clubs offence in 1974 and he provde to be valuable receiving the ball out of the backfield with 44 catches for 514 yards combined with 680 yards rushing. A flashy offensive player with great speed, Grant became a fan favorite. In 1975, Green truly arrived leading the Eastern Division in rushing with 1,188 yards rushing and 537 receiving yards he combined to score 14 touchdowns and was named a league all-star.

 

Green would again lead the East Division in rushing in 1976 this time posting a career high 1,257 yards on the ground. Art would also prove to be a valuable escape valve for rookie quarterbacks Tom Clements and Condredge Holloway with 53 catches for 508 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ottawa would capture the Grey Cup in thrilling fashion over the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Green would be a big part of the team. With 2 Grey Cups in 4 seasons in Ottawa Green looked back south and attempted to make the NFL in 1977.

 

Green would not have much luck with the NFL in 1977 and returned to the CFL for the 1978 season. Despite trying to attract better offers from other teams Green re-

joined the Rough Riders. With a running back already established in Robert Holmes, Green was moved to receiver or wingback and proved dangerous.

 

In his final season in the CFL, Green would post a career high 6 receiving touchdowns including a 47 yard gallop for a score.

A terrific talent over 5 seasons, Art Green was an exciting player who was a fan favourite.

 

 

 

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Art Green     Albany St.
  Rushing      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1973 Ott 54 223 4.1 14 2
1974 Ott 141 680 4.8 34 3
1975 Ott 258 1,188 4.6 47 11
1976 Ott 234 1,257 5.4 69 13
1977 Played in NFL      
1978 Ott 58 238 4.1 64 3
Total 5 745 3,586 4.8 69 32

 

    Receiving    
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1973 Ott 16 142 8.9 29 0
1974 Ott 44 514 11.7 37 0
1975 Ott 47 537 11.4 39 3
1976 Ott 53 508 9.6 31 2
1977 Played in NFL      
1978 Ott 40 580 14.5 47 6
Total 5 200 2,281 56.1 47 11