Friday, January 16, 2009

Former NFL player finds dream fulfilled as US border agent

Many young men dream of playing football for the Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears or the Washington Redskins. But Jamaal Green, a defensive end for each of those teams in the past five years, dreamed of working in law enforcement. That dream came true last February when he became a U.S. Border Patrol agent in the El Paso area.

Born and raised in Camden, N.J., Green said it was never his boyhood dream to play football. After being urged to play by a coach, he was named to the New Jersey All-State first team, earned a full scholarship to the University of Miami, and was picked during the fourth round of the 2003 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Later he played for the Bears and the Redskins.

Many of Green's coworkers have asked him why he gave up the glamorous life of an NFL player to become an agent. While at the Border Patrol academy, Green said he received calls from the Oakland Raiders and the Houston Texans with offers to join their respective practice squads. He declined.

'Agent Green is representative of our expanded recruitment efforts that continue to be conducted throughout the nation,' said El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Victor M. Manjarrez Jr. 'His background speaks highly of the quality of our employees and the varied work experiences that support our national strategy of protecting our nation's borders.'

1 comment:

  1. I just watched an expose' of Jamaal no Fox News' Hannity. I cried. This young man's heart and his courage and his willingness to do what he is led to do instead of what the world wants him to do just touched me so much.
    I immediately thanked God for Jamaal and asked God to protect him and his family, to keep them safe and to cover them with His provisions. I know there is hope for our country with men like Jamaal out there.


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