Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Hugh Green

Hugh Green


  • Position: Defensive End
  • School: Pittsburgh
  • High School: Natchez, MS (North HS)
  • Years: 1977-1980
  • Inducted: 1996
  • Place of Birth: Natchez, MS
  • Date of Birth: Jul 27, 1959
  • Jersey Number: 99
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 227

Member Biography

Hugh Green played defensive end for Pittsburgh and in 1980 wrapped up the Lombardi/Rotary Award, given to the best college lineman of the year. Then came other awards which no defensive end had previously won: the Maxwell Award as the nation's best player; Walter Camp Foundation's Player of the Year; Sporting News Player of the Year. Green finished second in the voting for the Heisman, and that is the highest rank a defensive specialist has ever attained. Green was an All-America choice three times, making it unanimously in 1979 and 1980. Even before he won all those honors in 1980, he picked up a big one in 1979. Street & Smith Magazine named him to its all-decade team, covering 1970-1979. Green followed his college career with a pro football term: 1981-1991 with Tampa Bay and Miami. Green was born July 27, 1959, in Natchez, Mississippi. When his football days ended, he returned to Natchez and operated a farm. Pittsburgh retired his jersey, No. 99.