31 Flavors of Football: Marcus ‘Old Man’ Green

To help you and me get through the drudgery of August, I will present in this space a daily scoop of MSU football-ness, as inspired by a certain ice cream chain. August has 31 days, so I’ll let you work it out from there. Here is today’s flavor.


Marcus Green is 24 years old and still playing college football. The tight end received a sixth year of eligibility, so he’s an easy target for old-man jokes. But apparently those jokes don’t come from the players.

“Coach (Dan) Mullen gets him enough,” cornerback Corey Broomfield said. “He said people that go to school for eight years, they call them doctors. Pretty soon that’s what Green’s title will be.”

Hey, that reminds me of that scene from Tommy Boy (CLICK HERE). I don’t think Green’s getting a seventh and eighth year of eligibility, though.

Just how old is Green? Let’s go back to 2007, when he was a freshman. He redshirted that season, and here is a list of notable things that happened that year:

Sylvester Croom had his lone winning season at MSU, and the Bulldogs won the Liberty Bowl.

• The first iPhone hit the market. I had one, then accidentally took it swimming.

• MSU’s baseball team went to the College World Series.

• The movie 300 was released.

Justin Bieber was 13 years old, still about a year away from being regrettably foisted upon us.

• MSU senior cornerback Johnthan Banks was a junior at East Webster High School.

Anna Nicole Smith died. So did Eddie Robinson and Kurt Vonnegut. (Which one of those is not like the other?)

You get the picture. These days, a five-year span is a loooong time. And by college football standards, where a guy can be gone after three years (see: Fletcher Cox), Green has been in the game a while. Injuries, of course, have limited his playing time and are the reason he got the extra year.

If he can stay healthy this fall, then Green should be a big asset. His experience is invaluable, and with Malcolm Johnson injured, Green will need to be productive. The old man will be a welcome sight on the field for MSU this fall.