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Tim Green

Author, Lawyer, Coach, Former NFL Player, TV Personality

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About Tim Green

Tim Green is a Syracuse Alumni and a former NFL player. Tim Green attended the University of Syracuse from 1982 to 1986 and in that time he excelled both on the football field and in the classroom. He graduated from Syracuse with a degree in English and after being selected in the first round of the 1986 NFL Draft, Tim continued his excellence both on the field and off. He became a practicing lawyer, a New York Times best-selling author in two different genres, a TV personality and host, and a head coach. As a true renaissance man, Tim Green has had his hand in many different trades. Read on to find out more about Tim Green Syracuse.

Syracuse Alumni

Attended the University of Syracuse from 1982 to 1986, graduating with a degree in English and a first round 1986 NFL Draft pick.


Former NFL player

17th overall selection in the 1986 NFL Draft by the Falcons. Led his team in sacks in the 1989-1990 season. Retired in 1994 after eight years in the NFL, playing for the Falcons his entire career.


New York Times Best-Selling author

First book published in 1994. Since then, he has written 14 novels, including the best-selling series Football Genius.

TV Personality and Host

NFL analyst on FOX Sports for eleven years. Host of A Current Affair. Host of Find My Family on ABC. Also worked on shows like Battlebots, Court TV, and Good Morning America.


Tim Green developed a love for reading and writing at an early age. In 1982, Tim began attending Syracuse University and took a variety of creative writing, English, and literature courses on his way to becoming an English Major and getting his degree in 1986. After being drafted in the NFL, Tim published his first book, a suspense novel, before he retired in 1994. From then, his success as a writer rose and Tim continued writing books for adults that resulted in 14 novels being written.

Tim also reflected on his own life and wrote two nonfiction books: The Dark Side of the Game and A Man and His Mother: An Adopted Son’s Search. The Dark Side of the Game talks about Tim’s time in the NFL and features some of the little known aspects of life in professional football. The book discusses the wonders of playing football and the fame it brings as well as the brutality of the sport, the common use of performance enhancing drugs, and the toll an NFL career takes on one’s body. A New York Times Bestseller, The Dark Side of the Game was featured on 60 Minutes and the Library Journal states, “Ultimately, football fans will devour this.”

A Man and His Mother: An Adopted Son’s Search is a powerful reflection of Tim’s life as an adopted child and his search to find his biological mother. The book was featured on ABC’s Prime Time, Entertainment Tonight and it was also in People Magazine. Reviewed by Amazon as “Expertly written and filled with brilliant insights and heart-wrenching remembrances, as well as gentle humor…” A Man and His Mother: An Adopted Son’s Search also led to Tim’s connection with a prime time show on ABC called Find My Family which Tim Green hosted with Lisa Joyner.

After writing his suspense novels and nonfiction works, Tim was approached to write middle grade novels set in the world of sports. In 2007, Tim published his first book in that series, Football Genius, which became an instant New York Times Bestseller. To date Tim has written 13 books for young readers and has traveled to over 800 schools to talk with students about the importance of literacy and to explain that “Reading is weightlifting for your brain.” Tim uses all of the money he receives as speaking fees to buy books he donates to schools, libraries, and students who cannot afford them.

Syracuse Football

After being a heavily touted, “blue chip”recruit out of Liverpool High School, Tim Green decided to attend Syracuse University. Playing on the defensive line, Tim became a prominent player for the Orange and was a starter all four years. Throughout his career Tim was a consensus All-American, team captain, academic All-American, and a Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar. Tim Green held three records at Syracuse for most sacks in a game (4), most sacks in a season (15) and a record that still stands today, most sacks in a career (45.5). In 1986, Tim became a first round NFL draft pick for the Atlanta Falcons where he was a defensive leader and a starter for eight years. In 2002 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Atlanta Falcons

Tim was the 17th overall selection in the 1986 NFL Draft by the Falcons. He transitioned from his college position on the defensive line to linebacker for his first four years. During this time in his career, Tim had multiple seasons on the injured reserve list but in his fifth year in the league he was placed back in his natural position on the defensive line. His last four years of his career had him leading in tackles from the defensive line and Tim also led his team in sacks in the 1989-1990 season. After eight years in the NFL, Tim Green retired in 1994, playing for the Falcons his entire career.

Television & Law

Tim Green has also been a TV personality since retiring from the NFL. He has been on National Public Radio, and was an NFL analyst on FOX Sports for eleven years. He also hosted A Current Affair which was a revival from the original show. Airing first on March 21, 2005, Tim gave a unique approach to gritty stories that focused more on news and crime than entertainment related stories. Tim also hosted a show Find My Family on ABC that featured adopted individuals who were reunited with their biological families. He has also worked on shows like Battlebots, Court TV, and Good Morning America.

While Tim was a player in the NFL, he studied law, received his degree in 1984, and passed the NY State Bar exam that same summer. He currently works as a lawyer with Hiscock & Barclay LLC and has played an integral part in expanding the client base and the exponential growth of the firm. Tim is the point of contact with many of the major clients Hiscock & Barclay represents in the energy and intellectual property practice groups..


In 2011, Tim Green took the head coach position at Skaneateles High School which is located in the Greater Syracuse Area. Before Tim was hired as coach, the school had seen a decade of down years but in 2011 the team rode an undefeated season that featured them outscoring their opponents 390 to 121 and an average margin of 38 points per victory. With Tim’s leadership, the team stormed to the Class C Championship Game and many records were broken in the process including a seven passing touchdown performance by Tim’s son Troy against Jordan-Elbridge.

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