View Full Version : Chiefs Trent Green still grieving for father

11-07-2005, 05:09 AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - There was an empty seat Sunday near the 30-yard line amid the sellout crowd in Arrowhead Stadium. Security promised Trent Green (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/69819) it would stay that way all afternoon.

"From an emotional standpoint, this was probably as draining as any game I've been a part of," said Kansas City's exhausted quarterback. Four days after laying his father and No. 1 fan to rest, Green played through a pain that does not get noted on the injury report.

Ever since their son joined the Chiefs (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67049) in 2001, Jim and Judy Green had never missed a game, coming to the stadium hours before kickoff and tailgated with other fans. Jim Green died unexpectedly on Oct. 27 the age of 58. He was buried on Wednesday and on Sunday, several hours before the Chiefs (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67049) hosted the Oakland Raiders (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67050), Trent was the one who came early. "I put a little sign, or a little tribute on the seat and kind of taped the seat so nobody would sit on it," he said. "Hopefully the message got across.

Somebody could always just rip the tape up and sit down. But security saw me doing it and they said, 'We'll keep an eye on it.'

"It really meant a lot."

Judy and her other two children had already decided they simply could not bear to be at the stadium. They watched at home as Trent redirected his thoughts long enough to throw for 235 yards and a touchdown in a dramatic 27-23 victory.

"It wasn't something they all felt comfortable with," Green said. "And I completely understood. I supported it 100 percent. My brother and sister and their spouse and my mom - it just became too emotional. He's never missed a game in Arrowhead. "They've gotten to know a lot of people who sit around them and that would have been very difficult for them and they just weren't ready for it.

They felt bad because they weren't there to support me." Green told security people he didn't mind if anyone moved down to take the seats his mom and siblings had always occupied. But his dad's seat was different.

After Larry Johnson (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/140455) took Green's handoff and vaulted into the end zone in the final seconds for the win, coach Dick Vermeil and several of his teammates gathered near Green. Vermeil announced in the locker room that he was giving the game ball to Jim Green. "That really meant a lot," Green said. "That was hard for me to control myself.

The emotional part for me was the opening kickoff, and then the end ... where I had to bite my lip to maintain my composure. I'm just real fortunate it ended up the way it did." Throughout the game, Green felt his dad's presence. "He was with me all day," he said. "I got emotional after we scored that final touchdown.

He was always proud of me. Would have loved the game.

"He would have laughed and said this was a typical Raider game." He allowed himself to look into the stands where his dad had sat only once, during warmups.

The sign was still there. "It just said my dad's name, and we miss him and we love him."


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11-07-2005, 05:47 AM
Dammit, right in the middle of this article, I got something in my eyes...

11-07-2005, 06:02 AM
wow., thats cool.. nice article..I could only imagine Trents anguish

11-07-2005, 08:01 AM
That shot of Trent and Dv hugging, then Trent Hugging EK, he was crying a little - so moving