Brandon Green

One of two photo-finish Bob Quin Award winners, Brandon Green completed his Rice career with a 3.2 GPA as a Sports Management and Managerial Studies major and was a member of Sid Richardson College. A 1999 graduate of Industrial High School in Vanderbilt, Texas, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Brandon Green began to make his mark as a Freshman, when he played in all 11 games and led the defensive line in tackles. His performance earned for him the Joe Lipscomb Award, given annually to Rice's top true Freshman football player. Along with his 37 tackles, he recorded his first sack that year against SMU.

     Sacks became a hallmark of his performance when, as a sophomore he recorded 4 more, and as a junior he set a Rice single-season record and had a WAC-leading total with 12 more. In his senior season, with 7 more sacks, he established a new Rice career record of 24, which was 4 more than the previous record of 20, established from 1993 - 1996 by N.D. Kalu, who went on to become a defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles. In both 2001 and 2002 he was first team All-WAC in voting by the conference coaches. In 2001 he won a Jess Neely Award as the Owl's top defensive lineman, and in 2002 he won the George W. Bush Kiwanis Sports Hero Award.

     A role model both on and off the field, Rice's all-time sacks leader is a diabetic, and has to administer daily shots to himself to combat this disease. A four year member of Rice's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, of the Community Relations Subcommittee, and organizer of the Rice in Sports Education Day, he represented Rice at the University of Nevada in a community service project of the WAC-SAC. For three summers during his time at Rice, this dedicated young man worked as a camp group leader and counselor at the Kadesh Life Camps, and served as a director of the GCCR, a non-profit organization aimed at building relationships between parents, children, nature, and Jesus Christ. He was also involved with the Star of Hope, working with inner city children in Houston, and he served as Vice President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

     In his last semester at Rice, he received a coveted invitation to the NFL Combine, at which he impressed a number of teams. At the time of the presentation of the Bob Quin Award, he was awaiting an opportunity to continue his career at the professional level. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars and went on to also play for the St. Louis Rams and as of 2007, the Seattle Seahawks.

While playing with the Seahawks, his leadership of Christian activities for young people as a group leader continues at Abilene Christian University Leadership Camps, as his relationship with ACU's camps is longstanding, going back to high school when he attended the camps himself. Because of his positive experiences at camp, Brandon came back as a counselor for the summer in 2000, following his freshman year at Rice. Being a full-time counselor was difficult to fit into his schedule, making it hard for him to train for the next football season. He said,"I felt that if my schedule allowed it and there was a need, I should be there to help," One of his favorite parts of the camps, he says, is the worship time. "Playing in the NFL, we have chapel and Bible studies, but we never have a time of singing," Brandon said. "I love standing next to my fellow leader as we both pour out our hearts to our God."

A most deserving recipient, the 2003 Bob Quin Award was presented to Brandon Green by Derby Quin Hirst, sister of Bob Quin and Quin McWhirter, nephew of Bob Quin. Brandon is shown here with Quin McWhirter and Derby Hirst.

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