Tim Green

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Name: Tim Green ( Timothy John Green )
Born: December 16, 1963
Age: 59 years old
Height: 6 Feet 2 Inches
Occupation: football player, a radio and television personality, author
Relationship Status: married
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    Tim Green: biography

    The Liverpool native, Timothy Green, is a former football player, started his career in NFL in 1986 as a rookie of Atlanta Falcons. He played on linebacker and defensive end positions and retired in 1994. Then he started broadcasting career and career of attorney. Tim became a bestselling author of suspense novels and has written 32 fiction works. Tim has a wife and five children. His net worth is roughly estimated at $950 000, including all of his properties and earnings. In 2016 Green was diagnosed with ALS, also known as MND.

    Childhood and youth

    The birthplace of Tim was Liverpool, New York. He was born there on December 16, 1963. Tim grew up feeling like an adopted child not knowing who his biological mother was. Even though Tim spent his childhood in a loving family that supported him, he still had the desire to search for his biological mother. Tim studied at the local high school and played football in its team.

    Timothy Green, author
    Timothy Green, author

    In 1981 and 1982, Tim was named to the first-team all-state selection. In his junior year Green was selected as the Upstate New York Player of the Year. With his play in high school, Tim was sought after by every major university around the country. After graduation in 1982, he decided to enter the Syracuse University and joined Syracuse Orangemen.

    Football career

    Tim became a starter in Syracuse Orangemen in his freshman season and remained that role for the next three years. Tim set several records playing for them. He scored 15 sacks in a single season, the best league’s result. The same year he made four sacks in a game and finished his debut season as leader in number of total sacks. He recorded 45. In 1984 and 1985 Green was given awards as a member of consensus All-American and an academic All-American.

    In a sophomore year, Tim became a Syracuse’s captain. In 1985 he was named to a Bowl game. He also became a voted Syracuse University Football’s MVP and was awarded co-player of the year in the ECAC. Green finished college career with 341 tackles. In January 1986, Green announced that he was going to enter the 1986 NFL Draft.

    Tim was drafted in the first round to the Atlanta Falcons as the 17th overall pick. In his NFL rookie year, Tim Green had to make the transition from defensive line to linebacker. His first three years, unfortunately, each included stints of being placed on the injured reserve list.

    Timothy Green in 1985
    Timothy Green in 1985

    In his fourth year, however, he began transitioning back to defensive line where he excelled. In the 1989-1991 seasons Tim recorded 121 tackles and 37 quarterback pressures as well as four forced fumbles and six sacks and led the defensive line in almost every category for the Falcons.

    Tim had an exciting career that lasted eight seasons, and in 1994 he retired from the NFL. Before retiring Tim had become a lawyer and a published author. After retiring, Tim was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002 and continued to stay close to the NFL as an analyst with FOX Sports for eleven years.


    During playing football, Tim graduated from SUCOL, where he studied law and began his writing career. He retired from football in 1994. By that time, Tim had already published his first book and become a lawyer. By the beginning of the 2000s, Green published seven books, including The Dark Side of the Game, which explained his career and his experiences. The book was a New York Times Bestseller and was featured on 60 Minutes.

    Timothy Green
    Timothy Green

    By 2019, Green had written and published 35 children and adult books. He has visited over 1200 schools heralding the importance of literacy, education, and character, telling students that reading is “weightlifting for your brain.” Tim also uses all of the money from the speaking fees he earns to purchase books for schools, libraries, and kids with families that are struggling financially.

    Tim Green has sold over a million copies in his series of suspense novels as well as over an additional million copies of his middle-grade novels.

    Personal life

    In May 1989, Tim Green tied the knot with Illyssa Wolkoff. In May 2019, the couple celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. During their family life, Tim and Illyssa became parents five times. They welcomed five children: Ty, Tate, Troy, Tessa, and Thane. In summer 2016, Tim was diagnosed with ALS. The illness, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, attacks the nervous system and restricts movement.

    Tim kept his diagnosis in secret for two years and decided to go public in November 2018, when he began feeling worse. Green famously said back in 1996, during an interview with 60 Minutes, that football players were willing to shave years off the ends of their lives to have a chance to play every Sunday. Twenty-two years later, Green said he still supported that statement. He also believed that his illness was linked to his years playing professional football. Illyssa helps his husband overcome his disease.

    At present, Tim Green's net worth is estimated at $950,000.


    • 1984, 1985 – Academic All-American
    • 2011 – NCAA Silver Anniversary Award


    • 1993 – Ruffians (Turner Publishing)
    • 1996 – Outlaws
    • 1997 – A Man and His Mother: An Adopted Son's Search; The Dark Side of the Game: My Life in the NFL
    • 1998 – The Red Zone
    • 1999 – Double Reverse; Titans
    • 2000 – The Letter of The Law (Warner Books)
    • 2002 – The Fourth Perimeter (Warner Books)
    • 2003 – The Fifth Angel; The Road To The NFL
    • 2004 – The First 48
    • 2005 – Pie World
    • 2006 – Kingdom Come; American Outrage
    • 2007 – Football Genius
    • 2008 – Football Hero
    • 2009 – Football Champ; Above The Law; Baseball Great
    • 2010 – False Convictions; Rivals; The Big Time
    • 2011 – Best of the Best; Deep Zone
    • 2012 – Pinch Hit; Unstoppable
    • 2013 – Force Out; Perfect Season
    • 2014 – New Kid; Home Run
    • 2015 – Lost Boy; Kid Owner
    • 2016 – Left Out
    • 2017 – Baseball Genius

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