Tim Green, a Syracuse native and icon who played for eight years in the National Football League (NFL) with the Atlanta Falcons, retired his Falcons No. 72 jersey during halftime of the September 14th Syracuse game against Clemson. 

The excitement of the night began with a pre-game event with family, friends, former coaches, Roger Goodell, Commissioner of NFL, and Dr. Merit Cudkowicz, Director of the Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS at Mass General and Tim’s physician, all toasting Green at a private event in Dineen Hall across the street from the Carrier Dome.

Tim’s passion for football and ALS diagnosis motivated him to create Tackle ALS to help fund and accelerate testing of potential ALS treatments in development, and to further grow this pipeline.  “We are so grateful to Tim for turning his ALS diagnosis into motivation to help find new treatments and cures for this disease.  Already Tackle ALS has raised over $3 million dollars, which will go a long way to accelerating a cure for ALS,” said Cudkowicz.

During the event, a video of Tim’s football highlights was shown.  He thanked his teammates and coaches, giving them the credit for the ball player he became. Tim’s son Troy read a heart-warming speech, after which Tim took a spin around the Dome while waving and greeting fans.  “It was a great celebration.  Everything Tim does he does well and with pride.  Above all he is a great man who loves his family and always puts them first,” said Illyssa Green, Tim’s wife. 

To learn more about Tim Green and Tackle ALS, please visit www.tackleals.com.