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San Antonio’s Aaron Green set for Commanders debut

February 8, 2019

San Antonio Commanders running back Aaron Green likes to keep a low profile. Looking back at his recruiting process out of Madison as ESPN’s No. 11 overall player in the 2011 class, the first word out of Green’s mouth is “annoying.”

Through a standout college career, attention became hard to avoid, especially from his hometown friends and family. He spent time with three NFL franchises before returning home last fall, signing with the Alliance of American Football’s San Antonio Commanders.

When the Commanders kick off their inaugural season at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Alamodome against the San Diego Fleet, much of the local fan base will have its eyes trained on Green — the only San Antonio native to crack the 52-man roster.

“San Antonio is my home. Everybody knows I love this place,” Green said. “I wish it could be more, but I’m the only one, and I’ll be sure to represent.”

Green is one of four running backs on the roster, joining David Cobb, Kenneth Farrow II and Trey Williams.

Commanders general manager Daryl Johnston said Green’s impact on special teams was part of the reason San Antonio chose to carry four running backs. Johnston highlighted Green’s contribution in the Commanders’ scrimmage against the Atlanta Legends on Jan. 28 — the only preseason action for AAF teams.

“Aaron Green did a great job. … Really impressed with him,” Johnston said. “Not only as a runner, but special teams is something that, I don’t know how much of a part of his background that was, and he’s done a really good job of embracing special teams.”

greg.luca@express-news.net

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