Virgil Green
Green with the Broncos in 2017
No. 88     
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-08-03) August 3, 1988 (age 32)
Place of birth: Tulare, California
Career information
College: Nevada
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 7 / Pick: 204
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Denver Broncos ( 2011 2017)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl Champion (50)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions     90
Receiving yards     1,017
Receiving touchdowns     5
Stats at

Virgil Leo Green (born August 3, 1988) is an American football tight end for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Nevada and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Green is a graduate of Tulare Union High School, where he played on the Redskins football team.[1] He totaled 61 receptions for 1,014 yards (16.6 avg.) with 12 touchdowns during his career at Tulare, where he earned first-team All-East Yosemite League honors following his senior season. He had 13 catches for 245 yards and four touchdowns in a single game. In addition to football, he lettered four years in basketball and participated in track & field.

College career[edit | edit source]

Green played 50 career games (34 starts) at the University of Nevada and totaled 72 receptions for 939 yards (13.0 avg.) with 11 touchdowns while helping the Wolf Pack rank fifth in the nation with 500.2 total yards per game from 2007-2010. He recorded a personal-best 35 catches for 515 yards (14.7 avg.) with five touchdowns in his senior campaign to earn first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors. He was named the Nevada Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year as a junior in the 2009 season in addition to being selected to the All-WAC second team.[2][3]

Year School Class Games Rec Yds Avg TD
2008 Nevada Sophomore 13 14 164 11.7 1
2009 Nevada Junior 13 23 260 11.3 5
2010 Nevada Senior 14 35 515 14.7 5


Professional career[edit | edit source]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3 3/8 in 249 lb 4.64 s 1.57 s 2.56 s 4.40 s 6.90 s 42½ in 10 ft 10 in 23 rep
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Green in his rookie season.

Green was considered to be a top tight end prospect for the 2011 NFL Draft.[5] At the 2011 NFL Combine, he was the top tight end performer in the broad jump and vertical jump categories.[7] Green was chosen in the seventh round with the 204th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.[8]

Denver Broncos[edit | edit source]

As a rookie, Green had a limited role behind the main starter Daniel Fells and Julius Thomas.[9] He started three games and recorded three receptions for 24 yards on the 2011 season.[10]

In March 2012, Green was suspended for four games after failing a drug test. Green then began taking prescribed medication for ADHD before receiving approval from the NFL.[11] He remained in a limited role on the offense behind Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme.[12] He recorded two starts and five receptions for 63 yards.[13]

In the 2013 season, Green started three games and recorded nine receptions for 45 yards.[14][15]

On December 28, 2014, Green scored his first career touchdown reception, which was from quarterback Brock Osweiler, in a 47–14 win against the Oakland Raiders in Week 17.[16] On the 2014 season, he finished with six receptions for 74 yards and one touchdown on nine starts.[17][18]

On March 10, 2015, the Broncos re-signed Green to a three-year, $8.4 million contract.[19] In Week 2, against the Kansas City Chiefs, he scored a one-yard touchdown from Peyton Manning on Thursday Night Football.[20] On the 2015 season, he started five games and finished with 12 receptions for 173 yards and one receiving touchdown.[21][22]

On February 7, 2016, Green was a player on the Broncos team that won Super Bowl 50. In that Super Bowl, the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24–10.[23][24]

In the 2016 season, Green started 11 games and finished with 22 receptions for 237 yards and one receiving touchdown.[25]

On September 17, 2017, in Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys, Green had two receptions for 11 yards and a touchdown in the 42–17 victory.[26] In the 2017 season, he started all 16 games and finished with 14 receptions for 191 yards and one receiving touchdown.[27]

Los Angeles Chargers[edit | edit source]

On March 14, 2018, Green signed a three-year, $8.6 million contract. The deal includes a $2.4 million signing bonus and $5.9 million guaranteed with the Los Angeles Chargers.[28] In Week 5, against the Oakland Raiders, he scored his first receiving touchdown as a Charger.[29]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Tulare’s Virgil Green is a Super Bowl champion" (in en).
  2. "McAlman, Green Earn Strength and Conditioning Awards" (in en).
  3. "Virgil Green College Stats" (in en).
  4. "Virgil Green stats".
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Virgil Green, DS #7 TE, Nevada". Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  6. "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Virgil Green". Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  7. Silva, Evan (February 26, 2011). "Nevada tight end Virgil Green creates buzz at Combine". Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  8. "2011 NFL Draft Listing" (in en).
  9. "2011 Denver Broncos Statistics & Players" (in en).
  10. "Virgil Green 2011 Game Log" (in en).
  11. Associated Press (March 9, 2012). "3 Broncos suspended for violating NFL drug policy -". Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  12. "2012 Denver Broncos Statistics & Players" (in en).
  13. "Virgil Green 2012 Game Log" (in en).
  14. "2013 Denver Broncos Statistics & Players" (in en).
  15. "Virgil Green 2013 Game Log" (in en).
  16. "Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos - December 28th, 2014" (in en).
  17. "Virgil Green 2014 Game Log" (in en).
  18. "2014 Denver Broncos Statistics & Players" (in en).
  19. Payne, Scotty (March 10, 2015). "Broncos re-sign tight end Virgil Green".
  20. "Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs - September 17th, 2015" (in en).
  21. "2015 Denver Broncos Statistics & Players" (in en).
  22. "Virgil Green 2015 Game Log" (in en).
  23. "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  24. "Broncos outlast Panthers, claim third Super Bowl title". July 21, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  25. "Virgil Green 2016 Game Log" (in en).
  26. "Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos - September 17th, 2017". Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  27. "Virgil Green 2017 Game Log" (in en).
  28. Henne, Ricky (March 14, 2018). "Chargers Agree to Terms on Three-Year Deal with TE Virgil Green".
  29. "Chargers' Virgil Green: Catches first touchdown as member of Chargers" (in en).

External links[edit | edit source]

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