About Tim Green

Tim Green Syracuse was dubbed the “Renaissance Man” of sports by both Sports Illustrated and the Los Angeles Times. While attending the University of Syracuse from 1982 to 1986, he excelled both on the football field and in the classroom. He graduated with a degree in English as a consensus All-American, team captain, academic All-American, and a Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar. After being selected in the first round of the 1986 NFL Draft, Tim Green Syracuse continued to push himself both on the field and off. Tim Green Syracuse became a practicing lawyer, a New York Times best-selling author in two different genres, a TV personality and host, and a head coach.

Syracuse Alumni

Tim Green 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

Tim Green was the 17th overall selection in the 1986 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He retired in 1994 after eight years in the NFL.


New York Times Best-Selling author

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

TV Personality and Host

Tim Green served as a NFL analyst on FOX Sports for eleven years. He was a host on A Current Affair and Find My Family. And he has appeared 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 where he took a variety of creative writing, English, and literature courses during his time as an English Major, eventually earning his degree in 1986. After being drafted in the NFL, Tim Green Syracuse published his first book, a suspense novel. After retiring from the NFL in 1994, his success as a writer only grew. Tim has since written over thirty novels in the adult suspense and youth sports genres.

Reflecting on his own life, Tim Green first 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 Best-seller, The Dark Side of the Game was featured on 60 Minutes, and as the Library Journal stated, “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 People Magazine. It was 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 the series, Football Genius, which became an instant New York Times Best-seller. To date, Tim Green has written dozens of books for young readers and has traveled to over 800 schools to talk with students about the importance of literacy. As Tim always says, “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 Syracuse 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 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 Green was the 17th overall selection in the 1986 NFL Draft by the Atlanta 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 Green 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 he 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.


Tim Green has been a notable 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 hosted A Current Affair, a revival of the original show, giving a unique approach to gritty stories that focused more on news and crime than entertainment related stories. Tim also hosted the show Find My Family on ABC which featured adopted individuals who were reunited with their biological families. Tim Green has also worked on shows like Battlebots, Court TV, and Good Morning America.


While Tim Green Syracuse was a player in the NFL, he began studying law, receiving his degree in 1984 and passing 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 their client base and contributing to 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, 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 experienced an undefeated season, including outscoring their opponents 390 to 121 with 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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