Writer making his mark

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:02 AM ET

It's only Day 2 of Winnipeg Blue Bombers rookie camp, and linebacker Donny Green already is acting like it's third-and-goal from the two-yard line in the fourth quarter of the Grey Cup.

"De-fence!"

Clap, clap.

"De-fence!"

If one thing is certain after two days of rookie camp, it's that Green doesn't do anything at half speed. Whether he's performing on the football field or writing his sitcom script, the charismatic 28-year-old does it with passion.

Bombers head coach Doug Berry loves that Green is talking the talk and walking the walk so early in camp.

"He's a very vocal guy," said Berry. "Sometimes you need vocal leadership out there as well. He brings that part of the game to it. Everybody can't go out there and just motivate themselves.

"It's nice to hear somebody talking at least. He was very pivotal today in what was being done defensively and making things happen."

Green, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound mass of muscle, knocked down two passes during yesterday's first practice. During the opening session on Wednesday, he slammed his fist into the turf and screamed after dropping what would have been a sure interception.

"We got some guys out here who just love what they do," said Green, "and I'm one of those guys.

"You just go out there and make the plays and have fun doing it, and hopefully the guys can feed off my energy also."

When he isn't chasing down quarterbacks or sculpting his body in the weight room, Green can be found co-writing a TV sitcom called The Second Quarter.

'BASED ON MY LIFE'

"Once you get to about 25 years old, that's like the second quarter of your life, really," said Green. "It's a time when you're really looking around, trying to go from a job and getting out of college to moving on to a career. But you tend you stumble along the way.

"... It's loosely based off my life and my friends' lives, so it's going to be good."

Green and his co-writer, an English professor, have penned eight episodes of the show. Green is a member of the Writers Guild of America, they have licensed their product, and the plan is to get the scripts to Hollywood as soon as possible.

"Writing is a habit I picked up. I love it," said Green, who wants to take some university courses in Winnipeg if he sticks with the Blue and Gold.

Green played his college ball at the University of Virginia with Bombers offensive lineman Jermese Jones, and he appeared in two NFL games with Jacksonville and Washington in 2001.

Since then, he's been cut in training camp by San Diego, Oakland and Atlanta.

Green's chances of cracking Winnipeg's final roster could increase immensely if Kyries Hebert wins his waiver claim appeal with the CFL or decides not to show up regardless.

Berry even said the Hebert situation could be a blessing in disguise for Green. And if he does make the squad, you can bet he will be the one leading the charge.

The reason for his enthusiasm is simple.

"The more wins you have," he said, "the more fun you're gonna have."


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