Our list of the Top 100 SU athletes continues with one of the greatest defensive talents to ever put on an Orange uniform.
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Tim Green joined the Syracuse Football program in the Fall of 1982. Born and raised in Liverpool, NY it wasn’t much of a difficult decision for him to come play for the hometown Orange. Green burst onto the scene in ‘83 with an exceptional year on the defensive line. He posted program-record 14.5 sacks and wasn’t finished there. He continued to dominate in his time on the SU campus, breaking his own record the next season, climbing to 15.0. Green was a handful for any offensive line tasked with opposing him. His greatness didn’t go unnoticed in his time there, he was selected as an All-American in 1984 and a consensus All-American in 1985. He finished his career alone atop the SU sacks mountain with 45.5, edging out second place, Dwight Freeney by 11.5. Green was named to the Syracuse All-Century team and inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a part of the class of 2002.
Big-time players show up in big-time games. Green was no exception. On September 29th, 1984, No. 1 ranked Nebraska made a trip to the Salt City to face the Orange. Trailing in the second half, Green made two big sacks as well as a fumble recovery to help upset the nation’s best team 17-9. It marks the only time SU knocked off the highest-ranking team in the country.
Green stacks up well against some of the greatest players to put on Orange threads, which is why he absolutely deserves his spot at #16 on this list. He goes down as one of, if not the most menacing player to ever line up on a Syracuse defensive line.