Jarvis Green, Going the Extra Yard
In 2005, Louisianians lost their lives and their livelihood, their homes and their communities to the devastating force of Hurricane Katrina. Two-time Super Bowl champion, philanthropist and family man Jarvis Green, a native of the Bayou State, was encouraged to tackle the problem head-on.
The defensive end for the National Football League (NFL) team the Houston Texans, Green established The Jarvis Green Foundation shortly after one of the deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history subsided. The non-profit foundation, whose motto is “do as much as we can to help,” assists single-working mothers in disadvantaged, low-income areas. Proceeds are generated through events like football memorabilia auctions and the Jarvis Green Foundation’s wine tasting galas. Green’s largest donation was in 2009 on The Montel Williams Show. A struggling single mother of four received $25,000 from the foundation to help her purchase a new home for her family. So far, the foundation has raised $150,000.
It might be cliché, but the age-old adage “everything happens for a reason” best describes Green’s life this past year. At the beginning of the 2010 season, he was cut by the Denver Broncos. “It’s funny the way things happen. I turned a bad situation into a good thing – my body was able to rest and I reconnected with my wife and three kids on a whole new level. People probably don’t know this but during the eight years as a professional football player, I barely saw my family. I also had time to fortify the Jarvis Green Foundation. What can I say, the universe is very funny.” Green was selected towards the end of the season by the Texans. He finished the year on a high note and will most likely earn a starting role next season with the team.
Green does it all while looking as sharp as the razor that gave him his clean-cut look. He’s a humble and down-to-earth gentleman who exudes his own brand of charm and charisma. Naturally, his personal motto is to “just be you.”
The fourth annual Jarvis Green Foundation’s Wine Tasting Gala will be held on March 19, 2011 in Seekonk, Massachusetts.