ASHWAUBENON – Ahman Green played eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers, setting franchise records along the way. He still holds the record as the club’s all-time leading rusher.
But now, Green is publicly rushing to help a different cause.
“I’m doing it because, I’m kind of in that group of people who are fighting against it,” Green said Thursday in the gym of his sports training facility, D1 Green Bay, in Ashwaubenon.
Green is looking to help score a fatal blow to Alzheimer’s disease. His mother was diagnosed about three years ago.
“It was something that we had caught at the beginning, so with me and my wife being proactive about it, we caught it before it was even further along,” said Green.
He’s hoping to raise awareness about the function-robbing disease by teaming up with the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Wisconsin chapter.
“That lends the opportunity for other people to say, ‘Hey, Ahman’s talking about it and you know what, maybe I’m going to reach out to somebody to get help,’” said Kim Kinner, the chapter’s executive director.
However, Kinner says, when families do finally reach out for help, often times it’s too late.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with disease.
Some – like Green’s mother – didn’t know it.
“She’ll tell us something, that she went to do this, and then again, like it was brand new,” said Green.
Green says much of the money he raises through his foundation and sports camps will now go towards Alzheimer’s research.
“When you’re talking to your mom or your dad, and they don’t remember who you are, they don’t know that you are their son and daughter and we all know that day is coming, but we want to prolong the normal existence of their well-being as we know them.”
Green is also one of thousands of former NFL players suing the league, seeking damages for head-related injuries. Now with Alzheimer’s present in his family, he says he’s even more concerned about his risk for being diagnosed with the disease.