Riley Green On Entering The NFL Draft Late In His Career: “I Was A Late Bloomer, I Didn’t Grow This Mustache Until I Was 32”

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There was one player you might be surprised to learn was still left on the board by the end of last weeks NFL Draft…

That would be none other than Riley Green, undercover quarterback from the University of Arkansas.

And, he gave an exclusive interview on his Instagram stories just days before the first night of the draft last week talking about his prospects and where he thought he might land during any given night or round.

Apparently, he’d done quite a bit of scout team work and training to get himself drafted in the highest position possible. He also spoke a little bit about the timing of his entry right before his last workout in the lead up to the big night.

Here’s what he had to say about why he decided to throw his hat in the ring, so to speak, what some would consider to be pretty late in his career:

“Well, you know, I was a late bloomer. I didn’t grow this mustache until I was 32. And now I feel like I have what it takes, the skill set to be a competitor and you know, be an asset.”

When pressed on the long locks he’s grown out to compliment his signature mustache and whether or not it could rival that of #1 pick Trevor Lawrence’s famous hair, he didn’t seem too well-versed on the subject, saying:

“Uh, I don’t keep up with hockey, so I’m not sure who that is. But, big fan of the sport, you know.”

Check out the full interview here:

I mean, I think he probably should’ve been taken in the first(ish) round. I sure as hell know the Carolina Panthers are in need of a solid QB at the moment (sorry, Sam Darnold). But, it looks like Riley’s gonna have to stick to free agency for now and see if he can possibly secure a spot on the scout team of an NFL roster and work his way up from there…

In all seriousness, Riley was a starting QB at Jacksonville State University after walking on. Obviously, he ultimately chose music over football, saying in a previous (real) interview:

“As a kid, I wanted to be Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, you know what I mean? My dream was complete by coming up here [Jacksonville, Alabama] to play football, and it was around the time I started going out and playing music in bars and kind of realizing I had another passion that wasn’t athletics.

I got to kind of cut my teeth playing these college bars in Jacksonville when I probably should’ve been in bed, studying the playbook, or going to class, and I was studying the music thing.”

He goes on to say that point in his life was really a fork in the road, and he decided to hone in on music and perfect his craft in that area rather than continuing to pursue a career in football:

“It worked out in the end, but it’s still one of those feelings that anybody that played ball can probably tell you coming back to the field they played on is, it’s an eerie feeling, ‘cuz you kind of miss it.

I can barely remember strapping up on this field, but it seems like it wasn’t that long ago, you know.”

I’m sure glad he went with country music though, and in the meantime, I’ll just be over here waiting on that sophomore album announcement.

Now that he’s a free agent, he should have plenty of time to get it done…

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