Willie Green

Green-WillieThe founder and chairman of The Cleveland County Promise in North Carolina, Green is giving back to a community which supported him as an NFL player. A nine-year veteran of the League, he had his best individual seasons with the Carolina Panthers in 1995 and 1996, but then joined the Denver Broncos, with whom he won two Super Bowls as one of John Elway’s reliable targets.

He now serves as the Vice President of External Affairs & Government Relations for the World Acceptance Corporations based in Greenville, S.C.

Green is extremely active in his community, serving on the City of Shelby Chief of Police Community Task Force, the Cleveland County Sheriff Citizens Review Panel Committee and the Cleveland County Executive Board of the NAACP, for which he sits as the chair of its economic development committee.

Green — who has served on several non-profit boards — played football at the University of Mississippi, but entered the NFL 30 credits shy of his college degree. In 2011, finding his lack of a degree to be a barrier to his future, he returned to college full-time at Gardner Webb University and completed his studies.