Darrell Green’s son on playing for the Cowboys

May 9, 2013

Darrell Green hugs his son, Jared, 13, during a ceremony before his last game in 2002. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

 

Darrell Green’s son, Jared Green, signed with the Cowboys in January, and it has caused some uneasiness among Redskins fans. The son of a Redskins legend playing for Dallas is a tough pill to swallow, and Jared chatted with Holden and Danny on 106.7 The Fan about it.

“I grew up a Redskins family,” Jared said. “In the same way that somebody who works at Verizon, everyone in their family has a Verizon phone. So, I had a Redskins phone.”

Jared went on to explain the process that brought him to Dallas.

“I’ve never been in that situation, so I’m sure it might be difficult to see that,” he continued. “But, at the end of the day when people have kids, their kids decide what they want to do, and the funny part about this situation is, we had four different teams and we were trying to figure out who we’re gonna sign with. And the best opportunity is with Dallas. Not ‘we’ as in a group. But my dad did encourage me to make the best decision for me and my future. So, we made that decision together, and I think it was good. This is a business decision, and at the end of the day, I’m just trying to feed my wife, and trying to have a good job out of college like a lot of other students.”

It’s a business decision, sure. But the elephant in the room is whether or not Darrell Green will cheer for the Cowboys. Here’s where the more sensitive Redskins fans might want to look away.

“One thing I know about my dad, he’s a fan of wherever I am,” explained Jared. “He’s my fan. And when I went to UVA, he was a big fan of UVA. When I played at Oakton High School in Vienna, he was a big fan of Oakton Cougars. Like any responsible parent, he’s going to cheer for the team his son is on, because he wants his son to do well. It’s crazy to a fan, but it’s really logical to the average human being.

“He would wear a Cowboys jersey, he’d wear a Jared Green jersey,” he continued. “And if there’s anyone who would be mad at a father for wearing his son’s jersey…”

Jared Green helps his father into his Hall of Fame jacket in 2008. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
Jared Green helps his father into his Hall of Fame jacket in 2008. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

As for Darrell, Jared said his father has been asked about it a lot, and had an answer prepared for the tough issue.

“What he says is, he says, ‘Hey. I’m a Redskin for life. That’s my team. That’s the only team I played for,’” Jared said. “That’s the place I live, I’m a Hall of Famer that wears burgundy and gold loud and proud and that will never change. But what my son does, my son has a place above any work that I’ve ever done.’ So he’s gonna always root for me. I think when you hear that, you gotta just smile and appreciate it.”

Darrell Green in a Cowboys jersey might be a bit much for some fans to handle.

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