I like Alex Green already. And it has nothing to do with his capabilities on the football field.
Green, along with the rest of the rookies, won't be cashing an NFL paycheck any time soon. As the lockout drags into the summer months, rookie contracts will be put off until the labor mess is sorted out. But not receiving a signing bonus doesn't completely stop players from making money. Before they even step foot on the field, their images are already worth a few thousand dollars. Twenty thousand, to be exact.
Packers rookie running back Alex Green will receive a total of $20,000 from Topps and Panini America in exchange for his image on the respective companies' football cards.
When asked what he will do with his newfound wealth, the Oregon native said he is taking his money to the bank. Literally.
"I'm just going to hold on to (the money)," Green said. "I'm not going to buy anything."
I can't say that I would have exhibited the same will power at 22 years of age, but I'm also not being locked out by my future employer. Either way, it's refreshing to see an NFL rookie display some foresight.
And come this fall, I hope Alex Green takes the rock to the bank as well. And then follows it with a Lambeau Leap.