RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Former Wolf Pack football star, Virgil Green is back in Reno this weekend. The Denver Broncos tight end visited Grace Church today to share his story to a community he still holds close to his heart.
“I used to come to this church,” says Green. “And I used to just sit in the back and just listen to Pastor Dan.”
He says coming back to Grace Church is like coming home. "It's a pleasure,” he says. “This is where my journey towards the NFL really began."
This Sunday, he shares many stories with the community that supported him from college and through the Super bowl. Many times, he’s met with laughter.
"Tuesdays are off days. So [on] Tuesday, I don’t want to look at a football, I don’t want to think about a football. The only kind of football I want is Madden, the video game,” he answered when asked about his typical work week.
On a more serious side, he also shared the difficulties of being a devout Christian in the NFL.
"There’s women, there's money, there's people who try to talk down on you,” Green says. “After every game, I go on twitter and I write, ‘All Glory to God,’ whether we win or lose, just because I’m in a situation where I’m making money to have fun."
He explains that he focuses his spiritual life not only the game, but the blessing.
"So I have people who will write back to me like, ‘Where was God when you guys were losing?’” Green continues to explain, “It's not about the game. I'm not talking about the game, I’m talking about how thankful I am."
Green believes his blessings were possible through miracles.
"What truly solidified my faith, like truly, I had a knee injury. I told you guys the doctors said I’d never play again. All of a sudden I started playing,” Green told the audience.
He says coming back to Grace Church is an opportunity for him to strengthen his faith, and others.
"It means so much. It’s how I live free, every day. So to come back and share my story like that, it gives me a piece of mind that helping somebody else.”
Green is 25-years-old and graduated from the University of Nevada in 2010 with a degree in criminal justice. He was drafted by the Broncos in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL draft and shortly after, married his college sweetheart and former Nevada women's basketball player, Marianne Lombardi.