Saturday, April 16, 2011

Life In The NFL: Green-Ellis Floats Like Butterfly

"Life in the NFL," an awards ceremony and panel discussion on the NFL, is just a few hours away, set for today at 11 a.m. on the Grove Stage. Of the seven stars participating, perhaps the player I am most excited to see is BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

A couple of weeks ago, I had an SEC reporter ask, "Dexter McCluster is your only 1,000-yard rusher since 2006, right?" Actually, we had a guy do it twice since then. Such is the life of BenJarvus, the Rodney Dangerfield of running backs. Despite his teams finding few wins, he was All-Big Ten for the Indiana Hoosiers and first team All-SEC at Ole Miss, where he was the first Rebel back since 1949 to rush for 1,000 in two seasons.

After all that, Green-Ellis still got passed over in the draft and arrived in New England as an unrestricted free agent. Three years later, "The Law Firm" is a 1,000-yard rusher on one of the league's best teams, becoming the first Patriots back to reach that mark since 2004. Green-Ellis' 13 rushing touchdowns last year tied for the second-most in the NFL.

Ben's passion to prove himself has driven him to the gym of the champ, Muhammad Ali. Check out an awesome article on Green-Ellis' new boxing regimen from former Clarion-Ledger now Boston Herald reporter Ian Rapoport.

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