Roy Green, a Magnolia High School graduate who played professional football from 1979-1992, will be honored with the retirement of his MHS football jersey number on Friday, October 18.
The event will be part of Homecoming festivities at Magnolia High School.
Green will be present to tour the campus and greet faculty, staff, and students during the day. He will also take part in the homecoming ceremonies in Panther Arena starting at 2:15 p.m.
At halftime of the homecoming game between the Magnolia Panthers and the Hot Springs Trojans, the 1999-2000 football team will be recognized.
Green was a member of the Magnolia High School Class of 1975. He was one of the seniors who led Magnolia’s 1974 Arkansas Class AA football team, which was the last Magnolia team to win its state football championship.
The 1974 state championship team will be acknowledged at halftime and the retirement ceremony for Green’s football number – 25 – will be held.
Current Magnolia senior DeMarco Walker will continue to wear No. 25 through the end of the 2019 football season.
Magnolia School Board members voted unanimously on Monday to retire the number in response to a campaign led by one of Green’s football teammates, 1975 graduate Aaron Thomas.
Roy Calvin Green was a talented overall athlete who participated in football, basketball, and track each year of his high school career. However, it was on the football field during his senior season that Green's abilities shone the brightest. He played multiple positions for the Panthers that included split end, defensive back, and punt/kickoff returner. During his senior year, the Panther football team won the 1974 AA State Championship. Green was selected to the All-District and All-State football teams, and additionally, to the Arkansas Gazette Super Dream Team.
Green continued his football path with a college career at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. The 1977 season brought an AIC championship to the HSU Reddies with Green selected to the AIC All-Conference team. Green also earned another AIC All-Conference selection and an NAIA All-American honor during the 1978 season.
In 1979, Green was selected to play professional football by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was selected in the 4th round and the 89th overall pick of that year's NFL draft. The Cardinals later moved to Arizona, and Green had a career that spanned from 1979 to 1990 with the organization. He finished his professional career with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1992.
Green accumulated many individual accomplishments during his professional career. In 1979, he tied an NFL record for the longest kickoff return – 106 yards against the Dallas Cowboys. In 1981, he became the first NFL player to start on both offense and defense. Green was selected 1st Team All-Pro in both the 1983 and 1984 seasons. He ended his professional career with a total of 559 receptions, 66 touchdowns and 8,965 receiving yards.
Football analyst and former coach John Madden once described Green as not one of the best receivers in football, but the best player.
After retirement, Green continued to be honored for his outstanding accomplishments on the football field. In 1997, he was inducted into the Henderson State University Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. Green was also inducted into the Arizona Cardinals Ring of Honor in 2016 and into the St. Louis Hall of Fame in 2017.
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