For now, Green will work on redeveloping the tight end position in the NFL. In an era when the pros are using tight ends essentially as third tackles to plow a path for running backs, Green is a devastating blocker who's reminding everyone that tight ends can be valuable receivers as well. And he has Rutigliano to thank for making it all possible.
In the Liberty football office late on a recent afternoon, the light was starting to fade over the George Washington National Forest to the west. Rutigliano had just finished talking about the loss of his daughter 29 years earlier, and a profound sadness filled the room. Then Rutigliano spoke: "Ben Franklin said, 'The things which hurt, instruct.' I believe I'm here for a reason, and Eric Green is part of that reason."
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