Savannah native Ernest Greene was one of about 50 former players to attend the annual San Diego Chargers Alumni weekend which was held November 28 thru December 1. Greene players on the Chargers offensive line from 1993-95 and was a part of the team that went to the 1994 Super Bowl. The weekend included a golf tournament, alumni social and cocktail party and a tailgate before the football game against Cincinnati Bengals.
Before the game, all former players in attendance made their way to the field were introduced to the crowd. During the game, the alumni were seated together along with their families. Some of the other former Chargers in attendance were Dan Fouts, Charlie Joiner, Mark Seay, Darren Bennett and David Binn. “I was so honored to be among all the Charger alumni, legends and hall of famers during alumni weekend. I really felt privileged to be in such great company,” says Greene. Known as “Big Red” during his college days, the 6-foot-8 Greene added that he has been fortunate to have been able to play football. “I have always enjoyed football. It opened so many doors for me. I felt obligated to use the gift that God blessed me with”. The former standout at Savannah High School and Savannah State enjoyed a career that has seen him play professionally in the NFL with the Chargers, Steelers and Eagles as well as in the Arena League with the Portland Forest Dragons and the LA Avengers. After the 1994 season Green was traded from San Diego to Pittsburgh and he was also a member of the Steelers team that went to the 1995 Super Bowl. Greene retired after the 2001 season with the Avengers.
Today, Greene and his family live in Hawthorne, California. “I’m coaching my son’s 11-13 year old team but I have an opportunity to go to China to teach football to aspiring college athletes because there isn’t football in China. I hope this opens more doors for me as far as coaching opportunities. My ultimate goal is to be an offensive line coach in the NFL. I’m also interested in coaching at my alma mater (SSU) or any team that needs a good quality offensive line coach.” Greene is currently a member of NFL Legends, an organization that gives retired players a chance to give back to the community, especially the youth.