The George Mason Patriots have hired a Washington, D.C. sports icon to join the university's athletic department.
Darrell Green, arguably one of the most iconic players in Redskins' franchise history, has been hired by the Fairfax, Va. school to assume the role of Associate Athletics Director and Special Assistant to the Athletic Director, according to an official release.
Although Green has no formal experience in Division I athletics administration, the 56-year-old Pro Football Hall of Famer has spent over 30 years in Northern Virginia and has the leadership and guidance skills needed to thrive in the athletic department.
"For more than 30 years I have stood as a personal witness to George Mason’s journey to the top of its class in local, national and international prominence in the world of academics and sports,” said Green.
“Throughout my 20-year career with the Washington Redskins, Mason served as my primary home for offseason training. As a longtime advocate and developer of academic enrichment programs for disadvantaged youth throughout the country, as well as formerly serving as special assistant to the director of athletics at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, it gives me great pride to transition from longtime friend of this great university to family member within it.”
When Green begins his first day on the job, he will be welcomed by a familiar face. The university's athletic director is Brad Edwards, who played alongside Green with the Redskins for four seasons and is best remembered for his two interceptions against Jim Kelly in the Redskins' 37-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI.
“You would be hard pressed to find a more accomplished athlete and role model, an advocate for education and a community and civic leader all rolled into one individual than Darrell Green,” Edwards said of his former teammate. “Darrell’s tremendous commitment to community and to competitive excellence makes him an ideal fit to assist us in the continuing integration of our university into the Washington, DC Metropolitan region."
The Patriots' athletics programs have captured two NCAA National Championships, including the 1985 women's soccer national title which saw the Patriots defeat the legendary North Carolina women's soccer team.
The Patriots' men's basketball program famously made the 2006 Final Four as an No. 11 seed, defeating No. 6 seed Michigan State, No. 3 seed North Carolina, No. 7 seed Wichita State and No. 1 seed UConn before falling to the eventual national champion Florida Gators.
RELATED: RANKING THE DMV'S BEST RIVALRIES