Darrell Green, the Washington Redskins' veteran cornerback, continues to come full-speed, at both life and opposing wide receivers. This past week his Darrell Green Learning Center opened on Franklin Street in Northeast Washington, an after-school facility that's starting out with 25 kids but that Green hopes to make into a national model. This goes hand-in-hand with his longstanding Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation, headquartered on Benning Road in Northeast.

"This is a no-lose program," he said of the Learning Center. "We educate on every level. We take the kid who's not so academically sharp, we take him by his hand. We take the kids who are super-sharp and take them to a high level of technology, with computers and all in between. We feed, we clothe, we counsel. We have everything that's needed for success, and people need to see that. They need to get involved with that and support it."

He's solidly behind Phoenix Suns forward A.C. Green, whose campaign to promote celibacy and abstinence from sex among youth led to the production of a video, "It Ain't Worth It," featuring both Greens, San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson and Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders.

The video was filmed in June 1992, has just been released, and caused more than a little controversy in the National Basketball Association -- because one of A.C. Green's former teammates was Magic Johnson, who has contracted the virus that causes AIDS and because one of Green's current teammates is Charles Barkley, never without an opinion.

The two Greens met years ago through Champions for Christ, a nationwide Christian outreach organization whose membership includes both collegiate and professional athletes in the NFL, NBA and NHL. And A.C. Green "had this vision," Darrell Green said.

"We believe in what we're saying. We believe in the Bible, not that you pass out condoms, but that you teach righteousness. And righteousness is to abstain. The scripture teaches us that God's word doesn't change. It's the same today as it was yesterday. So we don't bring God's word down to another standard according to convenience."

And his day job has picked up where he left off in 1991, when he made his fifth Pro Bowl. Last season was marred by a contract holdout that kept him out of training camp, and by two major injuries -- a broken arm and a bruised heel -- that kept him out of eight regular season games and one playoff game.

This year, while nearly everyone else on the Redskins' defense has been injured or suffered a subpar season, Green has survived. Along with punter Reggie Roby, Green may be Washington's only hope for a Pro Bowl selection this season.

His two interceptions (both against the Eagles in Week 3) are second on the team and he has a 78-yard fumble return for a touchdown. And he has blanketed the league's premier guys -- usually, again, one-on-one on his defender's island.

Many around Redskin Park think this is one of Green's best seasons, explaining why rookie corner Tom Carter has had the opportunity to intercept five passes.

"Darrell really takes great care of himself," Coach Richie Petitbon said. "He doesn't abuse his body and he's always in shape and the kid loves to run. If he's not injured he can run just as fast as he always has. He's one of the best {of all time}, definitely the fastest."

But he has also had his frustrations. When Eagles quarterback Bubby Brister lobbed a two-yard touchdown pass to James Joseph to put Philadelphia ahead in the final seconds of Sunday's 17-14 loss, Green could not hide his disappointment. "You can say it a thousand different ways. It's just not any fun around here right now."

Green bristles at the notion that he would be worried about his performance based on his 1992 injuries.

"Why?" he asks. "Everybody breaks their arm. You don't base it on that. The previous {two} years I had back-to-back Pro Bowls, and all of a sudden I break my arm, so now my career's over? There's no reason I would have thought that way ... for me to be as fast as I am, and play the way I've played. Even last year, I came back and played decent, played well. I just don't see it."

Part of the reason he's been able to deal with both the team failure of this 2-9 season and the team success of past years, he says, is his overriding faith.

"That's why I can do what I do now," he said. "That's why the game doesn't shake me if I lose, or if I give up 10 touchdowns. It helps me in a good year, too ... there's a balance in what God gives us. It's one of the great pleasures in what we do, and we do it with all our heart and we do it to His glory, and we're grateful for the win and for the loss."

Just so there's no question in anyone's mind, this 11th season of Green's is not a swan song.

"If I'm alive and healthy, I'll start for the Redskins next year," Green said. "My greatest dream for this season now, team-wise, is to win the rest of these games. Individually-wise, to make the Pro Bowl. If I'm unrealistic on both of those, I've got the right to be."

Redskins Notes: Defensive tackle Jim Wahler (arch) may be able to play in Tampa Sunday, Petitbon said after yesterday's final full practice. Right now Washington is planning to start Jeff Faulkner and Tim Johnson at tackle; the only backup tackle other than Wahler is Gerald Nichols ... guard Ray Brown will be fitted with a special cast to protect his left thumb, which had a screw surgically inserted Monday to keep the bones of the finger together. Brown is expected to play against Tampa Bay ... the first four inactives for Sunday's game are defensive linemen Jason Buck (shoulder), Bobby Wilson (knee) and Shane Collins (arch), along with wide receiver Mark Stock.