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March 2, 2012

Familiar face returning for Pro Day

TUSCALOOSA | On Wednesday, Robby Green will try to do in a single day at the University of Alabama what he had once hoped to do in a four-year career: Catch the eye of the National Football League.

The former Alabama defensive back, who was suspended and dismissed from the team last summer, told Tidesports.com he will participate at Wednesday's UA Pro Day event. Pro Day will draw coaches and scouts from across the NFL to watch the Crimson Tide's top outgoing players perform a variety of physical tests, including the 40-yard dash, and interview them as well. Most if not all of Alabama's seniors are expected to participate.

Some of Alabama's top NFL Draft prospects may decline to perform certain drills, preferring instead to let their results from last week's NFL Combine stand. Others may only participate on a limited basis due to injuries. UA's three juniors who declared early NFL Draft eligibility - cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, linebacker Dont'a Hightower and running back Trent Richardson - are not expected to perform in every drill.

Green, however, is in no such position. He'll do it all.

"I'm excited about it, and I was glad that Alabama gave me this chance," Green said. "I'm 100 percent healthy, and I've been training for this since December."

After his dismissal, Green played his final season of college eligibility at the University of California-Pennsylvania. He made 30 tackles for the Vulcans in seven games before an injury cut his season short. As for his invitation to Pro Day, Green said UA strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran helped make it happen.

"I didn't get a chance to speak to coach (Nick) Saban directly, but I talked to coach Cochran, and I think he spoke to coach Saban on my behalf, and they agreed to let me come back and run there," Green said. "Really, it means a lot."

As a sophomore, Green played in Alabama's dime defensive package during the Crimson Tide's 2009 national championship season. Soon after returning from Pasadena, where UA beat Texas to win its 13th title, Green learned that he would be suspended for the entirety of the 2010 season. More than a year later, he was suspended again and transferred last summer.

Green said he was in New Orleans, his hometown, for Alabama's national championship win over LSU, and caught up with some of his former teammates.

"I knew they were going to end up playing for the national championship again," Green said. "I talked to Dre Kirkpatrick and Dont'a Hightower and a couple of the other guys who I'm still friends with. I was happy for those guys."

Reach Chase Goodbread at chase@tidesports.com or at 205-722-0196.

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