SAN ANTONIO – Friendly rivals when they played for different area high schools, running backs Aaron Green of Madison and Malcolm Brown of Steele considered signing with the same college when they were blue-chip recruits.
The idea never went beyond talk, though. Green signed with Nebraska and Brown with Texas in February 2011. Green transferred to TCU after his freshman year and completed his college career in this year’s Alamo Bowl, rushing for 101 yards and one touchdown in the Horned Frogs’ stirring triple-overtime comeback victory against Oregon.
Five years after they graduated from high school, Green and Brown finally are teammates.
Green came to terms Saturday night with the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent. It’s the same path Brown, who ended his career at UT in 2014, traveled last year after he was passed over in the draft. Brown earned a spot on the Rams' practice squad and played in one game as a rookie.
TCU safety Derrick Kindred, a Wagner graduate, and UTSA tight end David Morgan II were the only players with San Antonio ties selected in the NFL draft, which started Monday and ended Saturday. The Cleveland Browns took Kindred in the fourth round and the Minnesota Vikings drafted Morgan II in the sixth round. Morgan, from Marble Falls, made history as the first UTSA player to be selected in the NFL draft since the Roadrunners started playing football in 2011.
Green is among seven players with area ties who have agreed to terms with NFL teams as undrafted free agents.
The others are UTSA defensive end Jason Neill (Dallas), UTSA defensive tackle Brian Price (Green Bay), UIW linebacker Myke Tavarres (Philadelphia), UIW tight end Cole Wick (Detroit), Texas A&M/Seguin offensive tackle Joseph Cheek (New Orleans) and Rice/Judson wide receiver Dennis Parks (Green Bay).
Green had an outstanding senior season, rushing for 1,272 yards and 11 touchdowns on 244 carries. His last college game was one for the ages. Oregon led 31-0 at halftime but TCU rallied for 31 unanswered points in the second half, kicking a 22-yard field goal with 19 seconds left in regulation to force OT.