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William Green

Boston College's William Green (1) avoids the tackle of West Virginia's Grant Wiley during Boston College's season opener at Alumni Stadium, in Boston, on Sept. 1, 2001. (AP Photo/William B. Plowman)

William Green's journey to redemption

Yahoo SportsMay 1, 2014

William Green immediately hugged his grandmother when the Cleveland Browns selected him in the first round of the 2002 NFL draft. Green believed that moment would erase his pain and bitterness.

He watched both of his parents die of AIDS, his father when Green was 12 and his mother about a year later. After their deaths he was separated from his brothers and sisters because nobody in the family could afford to take in five children. He was optimistic that being the first running back drafted that year, and becoming a millionaire after growing up poor, would make him happy.

Green was a flop with the Browns and battled addiction. His struggles led him on a spiritual journey.