Entering his 25th year scouting for the Broncos and 32nd year evaluating talent in the NFL, Green will be honored by the Fritz Pollard Alliance on Friday, Feb. 25, at its awards reception at the Marriott Downtown Indianapolis. He will be recognized by the FPA along with NFC Scout of the Year Bob Harrison of the Atlanta Falcons.
“Cornell is a vital part of our scouting department, and I’m thrilled that the Fritz Pollard Alliance is honoring him with this prestigious award,” Broncos General Manager Brian Xanders said. “He is a winner who brings vast experience and wisdom to our scouting process.
“Cornell’s track record of success as both a player and talent evaluator in the NFL is a unique combination, and we’re fortunate to have him with the Denver Broncos.”
Responsible for scouting the Southwest area, Green also has served as a scouting consultant for the Broncos after evaluating the South, East and Midwest regions earlier in his career with the club. A five-time Pro Bowl selection as a defensive back for the Dallas Cowboys from 1962-74, Green began his scouting career with the Cowboys in 1970 while still an active player.
Green never missed a game during his 13 seasons with the Cowboys, compiling a 145-game consecutive starts streak while helping the team to eight consecutive playoff appearances, including back-to-back Super Bowl berths from 1970-71. He helped Dallas to a victory in Super Bowl VI during the 1971 season.
Named the 10th-best undrafted player of all-time by NFL.com, Green did not play football at Utah State University but was a two-time All-American in basketball for the school. He is the younger brother of Pumpsie Green, who was the first African-American player on the Boston Red Sox, the final Major League Baseball team to integrate.