Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Roy Green Lands in Big Red Ring of Honor

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Roy Green Lands in Big Red Ring of Honor

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The player once known as "Jet Stream" is coming in for a landing Sunday.

Wide receiver Roy Green, one of the last stars of the St. Louis football Cardinals and first stars of the Arizona Cardinals, becomes a member of the team's Ring of Honor perhaps fittingly, on a day when the Big Red play host to the now-Los Angeles Rams.

"I'm proud to be going up there for the organization that drafted me, gave me a chance, and put me up there with some guys who actually taught me how to be a pro Dan Dierdorf, Roger Wehrli, and those guys," Green said. "So this oughta be fun.'

Green becomes the 16th member of the Cardinals' Ring of Honor, and several of its members reflect St. Louis' fractured football history. Ring members Dierdorf and Wehrli played for the Cardinals, and only in St. Louis. Aeneas Williams was a Cardinal, then a St. Louis Ram; Kurt Warner was a Ram, then a Cardinal.

Green becomes the first Ring of Honor member who straddled both St. Louis and Arizona as a Cardinal. As such, he's thankful that team president Michael Bidwill and the Bidwill family haven't brushed aside their time in St. Louis.

"He appreciates those days in St. Louis as well as I do," Green said. "That's where it all starts. It'll never be forgotten, particularly for me. I still have a lot of friends, acquaintances there. It's where my daughters had their memories as young kids. It's very important the linkage between the two for me."

Michael Bidwill was a youngster, and the team's ballboy during training camp, when Green broke into the NFL as a fourth-round pick out of Henderson State in 1979. Green is in his first year doing team-related radio and television work, so he reacted with some trepidation when Bidwill asked Green to come see him in his office.

"I'm like, 'What the heck have I done now?' " Green recalled. "It's my experience when you're called to the office, I've always been (in) trouble."

Not this time. Bidwill simply wanted to inform Green face-to- face, that he was going into the Ring of Honor. Green got emotional when he got the word; he said his whole career flashed before him in that moment.

"I can't wait for the opportunity for my family, my grandkids who obviously all they know is Larry Fitzgerald," Green said. "They get a chance to see 'Papa' recognized as a pretty good football player."

Green, 59, has two daughters and four grandchildren. Perhaps he should tell the grandkids that "Papa" was faster than Fitzgerald.

"I tell Larry all the time," said Green, who has a great sense of humor.

During an era when 40 times weren't talked about much, Green was a sub-4.3 guy, hence the nickname "Jet Stream." But he was more than just a speed guy. He was smart, a student of the game, and had a knack for the big play.

"He's probably one of my favorite players of all time," Bob Wallace said. …

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