Former Cowboy Cornell Green Named AFC Scout of the Year

Former Cowboy great Cornell Green was named AFC Scout of the Year.

One of the underappreciated greats of the Dallas Cowboys is former cornerback and safety Cornell Green, who earned five trips to the Pro Bowl and three awards for All Pro. He helped to lead the Cowboys to their first Super Bowl title in 1971 before retiring after the 1974 season.

Green was one of Gil Brandt’s great finds, as Green did not play college football. He instead played basketball at Utah State University before signing with Dallas as a free agent. In his second season in 1963, he led the Cowboys with seven interceptions. He played cornerback until the 1970 season, when he moved to safety after Dallas acquired Herb Adderley from the Packers.

Green started scouting for the Cowboys in 1970, even before his playing career was finished. He has been a scout with the Broncos for the past 25 years.

On Monday, the Fritz Pollard Alliance announced that Green has been named AFC Scout of the Year. He will be honored in Indianapolis on February 25.

This is from the story linked above:

“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.”

Below are Green’s career statistics, which are impressive:

Cornell M. Green

Position: DB
Height: 6-3    Weight: 208 lbs.

Born: February 10, 1940 in Oklahoma City, OK
College: Utah State

Weighted Career AV (100-95-…): 97 (167th overall since 1950)
5-time Pro Bowler & 3-time First-Team All-Pro

Def Interceptions Fumbles
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Int Yds TD Lng Fmb FR Yds TD
1962 22 DAL 34 14 3
1963 23 DAL LCB 34 14 0 7 211 0 55 0 1 20 1
1964 24 DAL LCB 34 14 0
1965* 25 DAL LCB 34 14 0 3 49 0 43 0 2 9 1
1966*+ 26 DAL LCB 34 14 0 4 88 1 41 0 1 0 0
1967*+ 27 DAL LCB 34 14 0 7 52 0 28 1 0 0 0
1968 28 DAL LCB 34 14 0 4 74 1 55
1969+ 29 DAL LCB 34 14 0 2 0 0 0
1970 30 DAL SS 34 14 0 1 59 0 59 0 1 0 0
1971* 31 DAL SS 34 14 0 2 16 0 12 1 0 0 0
1972* 32 DAL SS 34 14 0 2 1 0 1
1973 33 DAL SS 34 14 0 0 1 0 0
1974 34 DAL SS 34 14 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 0 0
Career 182 3 34 552 2 59 2 7 29 2
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/31/2011.
  • Tim

    Cornell Green, like so many from that era, are too quickly forgotten. His move to strong safety was a tremendous idea by Landry as Green was a great tackler and was a stalwart at covering the TE. Green played along at safety with mostly Cliff Harris until Charlie Waters took over. Insofar as Green moving to safety because Dallas acquiring Herb Adderly, it was a fairly complicated set of events. Mel Renfro had switched between CB and safety in his career. Dallas had difficulties at RCB off and on and could not seem to find a long term solution. So Renfro moved to RCB, Adderly took the LCB spot, and the emergence of Cliff Harris and Charlie Waters at one safety, with the move of Green to SS, cemented the secondary from 1970 on. I’m wondering if Landry was figuring Mike Gaechter would be returning back in good health from his achiles tendon tear.