Name: Mack Green Jr
School: Albany State University
Q: How did you get started playing football?
Football has always been in my blood. My dad Mack Green Sr. taught me most of everything I know. He was a big time running back before messing up his knees. He played in college for Kansas State University. We would work on my vision and practice, making one move and get up field. I was so fast I was able to start recreational football at four years old. I played on a 4 time champion team with NFL players Rashard Greene and Trent Brown. We was loaded with talent but only a few of us actually want to continue to play football later in life.
Q: What separates you from all the other athletes trying to become a professional.
I come from a smaller school and I’m much smaller then a lot of guys. My speed and hard work pays off each and everyday. I also want it more than others because I am over looked because of my size, but I feel like size should not matter if you can play ball you can play ball. I have a son now so I have someone watching me and rooting me on. I want to be able to show him what success looks like and to never give up on something you put your mind to do.
Q: Tell us about your college choice, career and what the recruiting process was like.
I chose Olivet Nazarene University because when I got hurt my senior year they was the only school that still showed interest in me. I had letters from Flordia State, Tennessee, Charleston Southern, Georgia, North Dakota State University and some smaller schools. All of those schools dropped me because they did not think I would bounce back from my ankle injury. I was so hurt and did not know if I was going to play college ball or not anymore. Olivet coaches called and checked up on me everyday and as a senior, that was the type of coaches I was looking for that cared a lot for their players. I came in as a true freshmen where I started as a wide receiver. Later that season I got moved to running back because one of the starting running backs got hurt. My first game at running back I had 15 carries for 136 yards and two touchdowns. It was a special moment for me because my mom had just flew in from Afghanistan to watch me play for 2 weeks. Having my mom in the stands just does something to me, like giving me super powers in a way. I later went on to stay at running back and my sophomore year I dislocated my elbow which put a stop to my sophomore season for a while. I was out 6 weeks before I came back and played in the homecoming game. This game was important to me because my mom had flew in to watch me play again that year and I was almost not able to play. I transferred back home my junior year to Albany State University where everything changed for me. I went from starting to hardly playing when I came to ASU. That was a big pill to swallow but I was so fast the head coach had to play me somewhere. The second game of the season the special teams coach gave me a chance and from that moment it was on. I broke out a 65 yard kick return against Tuskegee and from there kick return became my masterpiece. Each game I studied the opponent kick return team to see where their weakness was at and to see who was not running down the field. After playing so hard on special teams, the offensive coordinator finally gave me a chance. Each opportunity I was given I made the best of it. We already have the player of the year at running back so I believe the coach wanted him to play a lot. I became the speed back and I would come in on all the sweeps, outside zones, and passing plays. We made it to the conference final where I had a big catch to set up our only touchdown in the championship. We lost that game to Miles 20-7 and I was hurt because we had just beat them by 17 in the regular season and now we turn around and lose to them by 17 in the championship. My senior year was more of the same because me and the other running back came out the same year. I won Special Team Player of the week with a 95 yard kick off return against Miles. My mom also flew in to watch my senior game and homecoming. I played a lot when she came because the coaches knew my mom had just flown in to see me play and I worked hard all week in practice so the coach did not have a choice but to play me.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
Winning SIAC Special Team Player of the week against Miles. I returned a kickoff for 95 yards and I also had a 10 yard touchdown.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff?
How to be responsible
Q: What is/was your biggest challenge and how do/did you manage it?
Transferring in not being able to start anywhere on the field or get a good amount of playing time. I did not know what was the reason behind the OC not playing me, other than me asking him and telling me that I was to small. I did not let that stop me. Everyday in practice I made sure I went harder than anybody else no matter what we were doing. He eventually started playing me more because the starting running back got hurt and I was working hard in practice, running through the first defense. I feel like my size has always been a problem, but I’ve been fast so that made up for a lot.
Q: What is your biggest strength or X factor that you bring to a professional team?
My speed, field vision, and quickness to make one cut and get up field fast.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
My mom. She always been there for me no matter what. She left to go to Afghanistan to help make my dream come true by supporting me financially. She trains their military and police officers in Kabul. She motivates me each and everyday to chase my dream and always give God the glory. Her job is dangerous and she does not care. She is all about helping and saving people in the best way she can.
Q: What are your goals with football? If football does not work out, then what?
My goals with football is to make it on somebodies team and play a big role to make it to the Super Bowl. I want people to see that size does not matter, it is about how bad you want it and what you are willing to sacrifice. If football does not workout I will go back to being a Paraprofessional and later change to teaching. I already work at a elementary where I work in a program to help kids get back in there right grade.
I also help coach the basketball team and ever since I started coaching the team have been doing positive things. I want to be able to help change kids lives, keep them off the streets, and help them make something out their lives.
Q: How did you prepare for the National Scouting Combine and what are your expectations?
I train at Dash training center in Atlanta with my cousin Neko Freeman. I trust him with everything, because he knows what it takes and he also went through this process before. I plan to have fast numbers and also the fastest forty time. I train hard on my speed and I pray it shows.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
My ultimate achievement would be making it onto a team and actually playing. I want to come in like most underrated players and steal the show.
Q: If you have to compare yourself to a current pro player, who would it be and why?
Tavon Austin because every time he gets the ball he has the crowd on their feet. He never lets his size be a problem and he always kills with his speed. A quiet person who you never see in the media and also play each game like it’s his last. He may be 5’8″ 178 but on game day he plays like any other big receiver just faster.