Donaldsonville native Green sparks key play in Packers’ Super Bowl win

Michael Tortorich

The right amount of pressure can be better than a sack.

When Green Bay defensive tackle Howard Green nearly sacked Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the first quarter of the Super Bowl, there was no need for the defender to be disappointed.

Though Green, a Donaldsonville High and LSU product, was a split second away from a possible safety on the Steelers quarterback, the result from crashing into Roethlisberger’s throwing arm proved greater.

After disrupting the pass, it fluttered off course and hung up long enough for Green’s teammate Nick Collins to haul in the ball for an interception. Collins then weaved 37 yards to the end zone to cap the play.

After Collins dove across the goalline to put an exclamation point on the play, Green could be seen celebrating with his arms up in the air.

The 6-foot-2, 365-pound Green used a power rush on left guard Chris Kemoeatu. The bullrush technique allowed Green just enough time to hit Roethlisberger during his throwing motion.

“I thought I sacked him, but he got rid of the ball. Actually, it worked out better that I didn't get the sack,” Green was quoted as saying after the game.

Another area product was involved in the play. Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams, who played for Assumption High and Louisiana Tech, was covering the intended receiver on the pass.

Green Bay jumped out to a 14-0 lead after the pick six, which came with 3:34 left in the first quarter. The Packers held on to the lead for the remainder of the game.

Green, 32, won his first Super Bowl ring as an NFL?player. He has previously played for the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets.

Green Bay called on Green after he left the Jets.

“He’s been like a diamond in the rough for us,” defensive end Cullen Jenkins once said about Green.

Nearly an hour after the Super Bowl, Green still donned his full uniform as he walked on the field of Cowboys Stadium.

Winning Super Bowl rings has become sort of a family tradition now for the Green family. His cousin, Jarvis Green, won two rings as a member of the New England Patriots. Jarvis Green also starred at Donaldsonville High and LSU prior to a career in the NFL. Their cousin Skyler Green, also a former LSU standout, has played professional football as well.