He never won a Super Bowl as a starter, won’t make the Hall of Fame, and won’t be mentioned in the same breath as some of the top QB’s ever, but in the end, Trent Green will go down as what I consider to be a pretty good pro quarterback. Green announced his retirement on Friday, this after 15 seasons with a couple of teams – the Chargers, Rams, Chiefs, Dolphins, and Rams again.
Green will go on to make a pretty good broadcaster, and his savy on the field always made him a QB that could be dangerous if you gave him enough time and some weapons around him. His best success came with the Chiefs, where he earned two trips to the Pro Bowl (2003, 2005) and threw for more than 4,000 yards in three straight seasons.
“For three years in a row, Trent had a 90 quarterback efficiency rating,” former coach Dick Vermeil said. “He was the only quarterback in the league who did that at that time. I don’t know what more you can ask a guy to do. Very few did it better than him during the five years he was with the Chiefs.”
He also did have a great shot to be a star with the Rams, but a cheap shot by Rodney Harrison opened the door in 1999 for some guy named Kurt Warner. He earned a Super Bowl ring that season after the Rams beat the Titans, but it wasn’t quite the way he wanted it.
Green, who also played four seasons in Washington, threw for 28,475 yards and had 162 TD passes with 114 interceptions. He is a class guy, and will continue to be on off the field as he takes his place in front of a TV camera.