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Groton students shown life’s ‘good’ path

By SARAH VABER
Staff Reporter
sbullock@cortlandstandard

GROTON — Former NFL football player Tim Green told Groton elementary students Tuesday morning that in the list of life’s most important things, character, reading and education trump sports.
“I would rather have any one of my five kids be a good person, a good student, a good reader, before a good athlete,” Green told the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders gathered in the school’s gym.
Green, who played defensive end and linebacker for eight years for the Atlanta Falcons before becoming a lawyer and author of adult and children’s books, told the students how he came to achieve both his dreams of playing pro football and becoming a novelist. He also read the first chapter of his latest book, “First Team,” that includesGroton as one of the settings.
Green, who now lives in Skaneateles, said when he was the same age as the Groton students, he knew he had two loves: books and football.
To achieve both his dreams, Green told the students, he had to work harder than those around him.
“In fact, I worked so hard people thought there was something wrong with me,” Green said.

 

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