Former NFL Player Touts Importance Of Reading

By Janee Law

jlaw@longislandergroup.com

Former NFL player Tim Green speaks to more than 300 students at West Hollow Middle School in Melville Tuesday.

Former NFL player Tim Green speaks to more than 300 students at West Hollow Middle School in Melville Tuesday.

 Tim Green, a former NFL player who went on to become a lawyer and author of numerous books, paid a visit Tuesday to middle school students in the Half Hollow Hills community to speak about the importance of literacy.

“My mission really is to get kids to read, to think about reading and promote the importance of education and character,” said Green, 51, whose first stop was at West Hollow Middle School in Melville, where he spoke to more than 300 students. “The other thing I do is, I’ll always ask students I speak with to do or say something kind to somebody who’s not like them, and I think that’s a really important thing.”

Green followed his dream of becoming a writer and an attorney after eight years with the Atlanta Falcons, recently publishing his 32nd book, “Kid Owner.”

Green said that everything he talks about with students is woven into the fabric of the stories.

Green also visited Candlewood Middle School in Dix Hills as part of a collaboration with the PTAs from Candlewood and West Hollow, the Half Hollow Hills English Department and the and the Half Hollow Hills Community Library.

Before heading to Candlewood, Green discussed the significance of kindness, character and exercising both physically and mentally to the students of West Hollow.

“Reading is weightlifting for your brain and your soul,” he said. “In sports you need to lift weights to get stronger and better and, to make yourself a better person, to make yourself a better student, reading is a good an exercise as there is.”