Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 02/ 3/2008

Stuck Somewhere Between the Moon and the Heavens

Happy Super Bowl Sunday. I'm lying here at 6:45 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, while millions and millions of people from around the world are getting excited as they prepare to witness the New England Patriots try to make NFL history -- and wouldn't you know it, I find myself stuck here in outer space. Please forgive me as this is only a guess, but it looks to me like somewhere between the moon and the heavens: You know, about 900 million galaxies from earth. I'm not really sure.

But anyway, I'm sure you're thinking, "WOW! I wonder how he got up there?!" So, to the best of my knowledge, this is what happened.

You see, yesterday, sometime in the afternoon, I got selected in my first year of eligibility into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I was at a press conference. I was standing at this podium in this big room. I remember all of my family was there, some members of the Washington Redskins ownership and management were there; hundreds of media professionals and lots of Hall of Fame officials were there. And the last thing I remember was someone saying to me, "Congratulations, Darrell!! You are now and forever more officially a Pro Football Hall of Famer!!" And trust me, I know it sounds sort of out there, but that's all I remember. And now I'm stuck up here. To make it even worse, it looks like I'm going to miss what may well be the greatest NFL Super Bowl game ever. Go figure! LOL!

Okay, well, maybe that's not exactly what happened but it was something like that! You know what I mean!

For real though, folks, it was truly awesome. Before the press conference, we were all in this room with black curtains watching the announcement on the NFL Network. My nerves were at an all-time high and I got a phone
call from my sister in Texas. The first thing she said was, "Darrell, you know Mom and Dad would be so proud of you." I practically hung up the phone at that moment because my emotions were about to explode. And then
a few minutes later, my name was called then they came and whisked us out to the press conference and my memory really does fade after that.

I want to thank all of the Pro Football writers who gave me their votes and thank all of you for loving and supporting me throughout not only my extraordinary career, but also throughout the entire process this week. Your letters, cards, notes, phones calls, emails and texts have been extremely uplifting.

A special thanks to washingtonpost.com and all of the bloggers who have followed and read my blogs and sent comments this week. This is my last Super Bowl blog on washingtonpost.com, but you can keep reading and
blogging on darrrellgreen.com. In the coming weeks, we're going
to host a live online chat and enhance our blog feature.

That's it from here. The Redskins have planned a news conference for Art Monk and me this Tuesday at 5 p.m. So please tune into that. And, last but not least, I'm going against the grain and picking the New York Giants to win.

Again, for me and my family, thank you for your love and support. And as always, tell me your thoughts, good or bad. I want to hear from you.

-- Darrell Green, HOF '08

Editors' notes -- A few key links:
- washingtonpost.com video on Darrell Green's selection to the Hall.
- washingtonpost.com video on Art Monk's selection to the Hall.
- Darrell Green's website.

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Posted at 6:04 PM ET, 02/ 2/2008

Green and Monk Elected to Hall of Fame

Just wanted to make sure everyone knew that Darrell Green and Art Monk both were chosen for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this afternoon. Darrell will post a new blog entry late tonight or tomorrow; in the meantime, here is the news story.

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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 02/ 2/2008

Waiting for the Results

Well, the day has finally arrived for all of the voting pro football writers, when they may feel like they did as school children and their teacher would say, "Students, the test is over. Please close your books and put down your pencils."

On this day, February 2, 2008, sometime around 2 or 2:30 p.m. Mountain Time, my 20-year football career will not only have been officially declared as complete by me, but it will have been judged by all. My career will be graded, the results posted and announced to the world-signed, sealed and delivered. Hallelujah!

Truly, in some twisted, weird way -- while fighting off dinosaur-sized butterflies and sleep deprivation over the last 48 hours, and being interviewed by just about every media outlet in the nation -- I must say as I've said many times before, this experience, regardless of the results, has been nothing less than incredible. I have always been one who believed that the ride should be half the fun, regardless of your destination. However, I must admit, this ride has challenged that theory quite a bit. It has been fun, yeah.

A good example of this is right now. It's just about 1:15 a.m. here. All of my family members are sound asleep as I sit here not able to do the same; trying to type on these little keys while ignoring the rumbling in my stomach when, of everyone, I'm the one who most needs sleep.

By the time you read this, you may already know the results. Because of my great appreciation of you, the fans, it has been my great joy to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with you. Regardless of the outcome, I hope you have enjoyed sharing this experience with me and my family; we certainly have. And, one way or the other, we'll keep living this experience together.

Let the drum roll begin.

Let me hear your thoughts, good or bad. I just want to hear from you.

Editors' note: Green's blog also appears at DarrellGreen.com.

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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 02/ 1/2008

Butterflies in the Desert

It's official. The Arizona desert is now plush with Green. The Darrell Green crew has arrived!

Here's my quick Super Bowl weather update: The skies are clear, but the temperatures are hanging in the disappointing 60s, especially for northeasterners. Oh, and there's another very interesting phenomenon going on out here. As one who really enjoys and appreciates the outdoors -- you know, plants, insects, stuff like that -- it's been quite weird that as pretty as the flowers and foliages are out here, all of the butterflies seem to be nesting right here in my stomach. Go figure.

Yesterday I finally figured out when and where I was the first (and probably only) time I felt like this. It was 25 years ago, when I was waiting on my name to be called in the 1983 NFL draft. And, yep, there is one big similarity in the two moments -- butterflies in my stomach! And, just like back then, anything I could do to influence the decision had long been done. In this case, all you, me and my family can do is wait! That's fine. I just need a little help with the waiting part. LOL

Finally, I would like to wrap up today's thoughts with a little Redskins update. The family and I accepted a gracious invitation for dinner with Dan and Tonya Snyder and others last night. For the record, I haven't been in a conversation with Dan -- if my memory doesn't fail me -- in at least nine months to a year. But last night as I listened to him talk with such passion about his strategic vision for the team, I would like to reiterate the point I made in my blog post of two days ago, when I referenced "The Dirty Dozen," and said, "...each man was picked individually and with a specific skill for a specific task to meet the team's goal."

I went on to say that if I was right and that's what the Redskins were doing, that I applauded their decision because it eliminates anyone's ability to hide. Well, I was right! That's exactly what they're doing! They want the coaching staff to be held accountable for their individual performance. They don't want to hire some superstar head coach with his own supporting cast of coaches who can hide behind their friendship and history with the head coach. It's just what I suspected. It makes sense, and I agree with that decision 100 percent.

Now, what do you think? Good or bad, I want to hear from you.

Editors' note: Green's blog also appears at DarrellGreen.com.

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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 01/31/2008

Making the Trip -- With Children

Hello all,

It's a travel day for the Green crew! Anyone who has kids that are in their teen years and older, as we do, knows how hard it is to get everyone's schedules to come together at the same time. But this time we got it done, no problem. It shows how special this occasion is to our family.

I feel extremely blessed to have had a career that has impacted our children's lives so much. Most of my buddies' careers were over by the time their kids were entering first or second grade; our kids were almost as old as us by the time I retired -- LOL. Like many of you, they pretty much got to experience it all. I am truly enjoying sharing our excitement about this incredible honor. Win, lose or draw, this is an amazing time for us. We're going to have a ball and we want you to experience it with us!

Sorry, I have to get ready to go! By the time many of you guys sit down for dinner, we'll be soaking in the sun and enjoying the sights and sounds of Super Bowl festivities. More importantly, we'll be one geographical, psychological, and emotional step closer to hearing the big announcement. And that's a good thing! What a nail-biter!

I'll have more for you tomorrow from Arizona. But before I wrap up these thoughts, let me give a quick shout-out to washingtonpost.com for providing this platform. washingtonpost.com is da bomb! Also, I want to thank you for joining me; and please know that each day I read all of your comments.

Because of your overwhelming response and my desire to answer all of your questions, I'm thinking of hosting a live chat on DarrellGreen.com or washingtonpost.com or maybe both. What do you think about that? If you're interested, after the dust clears, we'll set it up.

Don't forget, good or bad, I want to hear your thoughts.

Editors' note: Green's blog also appears at DarrellGreen.com.

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Posted at 1:13 PM ET, 01/30/2008

Redskins Coaching Search

Wednesday Morning ...

I'm heading in to my Sterling, Va., office. This morning when I woke up the only thing on my mind was the big announcement. I must confess, for some reason over the last few days I've started to experience a little bit of anxiety about the big question, "To be or not to be a 2008 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectee?" To take my mind off the big announcement -- if you don't mind -- I'm going to write about the Redskins.

First, congratulations are in order to Dan and Tonya Snyder for making the Redskins the richest franchise on the planet. No matter how you look at it they are winners, period.

I've enjoyed watching them pull together their new coaching staff. It reminds me of how Lee Marvin picked his team in the 1967 movie, The Dirty Dozen. In the movie, each man was picked individually and with a specific skill for a specific task to meet the team's goal. Now, if I am right and this is what they are doing, then I applaud it because this way there is no place to hide for anyone. Every coach, just like every player, is in an independent contractor with full accountability to the owner and the owner alone. I think this is a great formula for success as it makes everyone pull their own weight with no relational hiding places as when a head coach hires everyone.

What about this talk about them needing to hire a GM to win big? Hogwash! I don't agree. Everybody knows that football is a game of yards and inches. These guys are very close and, trust me, it won't be a GM that puts them over the top. No! It's going to be the play on the field, not a decision in an office that will put them over the top.

"They can win big without a GM!"

Let me hear your thoughts, good or bad. I just want to hear from you.

Editors' note: Green's blog also appears at DarrellGreen.com.

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Posted at 3:12 PM ET, 01/29/2008

Headed to Phoenix

Editors' Note: Throughout Super Bowl week, washingtonpost.com will publish posts from Redskins great Darrell Green in this blog. The posts also will be available on his blog on his website, DarrellGreen.com, after The Post publishes them. Here's Darrell's first post:

To the Redskins faithful, all of you who remember the good old days, and the Darrell Green fans -- especially those of you who were kind enough to keep in touch with me through DarrellGreen.com (thank you!) -- I want to let you all know, if you haven't already heard, that I've been selected as a 2008 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist.

It goes without saying that my family and I are extremely pumped! So much so that we've decided that, should I be fortunate enough to be selected, we should be there in Phoenix for the live press conference; so we're going. Hopefully, you all have the NFL Network, which will air the announcement live at 2:30 ET this Super Bowl Saturday. I want you all to see it and celebrate with us.

Now, don't get me wrong! Trust me, I don't know if I'm going to get in or not. But don't worry, we've got a plan: If I'm not selected, we'll just slide out the nearest side door lick our wounds, celebrate the selectees, and continue to enjoy the great western sunshine of Arizona.

Simply put, we'll live. Either way, I wanted to share my thoughts and plans with you. Let me know your thoughts, good or bad it doesn't matter; I want to hear from you.

Next post: Redskins Coaching Change

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