Martinez proclaims Jarvis Green Day

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @dvillechief
Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez stands with Jarvis Green’s mother, Marion Louise Ceasar, with the proclamation of Jarvis Green Day.

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez proclaimed the day of Feb. 8, 2013 Jarvis Green Day in the parish last Thursday at the parish courthouse in Donaldsonville during the parish council meeting. Green could not attend, but his mother, Marion Louise Ceasar, accepted the honor in his name. Green’s cousin, Howard Green was also included in the honoring of the day, but because he wasn’t able to attend the parish will honor him at another time.

“We are proud here in Ascension Parish,” Martinez said. “Howard won a Super Bowl ring and Jarvis has two, so we have three here in Ascension Parish.”

Green attended Donaldsonville High School and played on the football team as a defensive end. In his senior year he was named Class 3A Defensive Most Valuable Player recording 136 tackles and 16 sacks. He went on to attend LSU where he was recruited to play football. He currently ranks fourth on the school’s all-time sack list with 20. Green set a freshman record in 1998 by recording eight sacks.

He was selected in the 2002 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots in the fourth round. He played for the Patriots for seven years and was part of two Super Bowl winning seasons with the team, Super Bowls 38 and 39. He also played for the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans.

Green was not only a good football player, Martinez said. He also reached out to the community and hosted the Jarvis Green foundation, which earned him the New England Patriots Ron Burton Community Service award.

“It’s a great thing for the parish and we are proud of them and they are outstanding citizens as well as football players,” Martinez said.

Jarvis Green Day, also gives Green an opportunity to be “honorary parish president,” given the authority by Martinez.

“Thank you all. Thank you all very much,” Ceasar said to Martinez and the parish council. “It’s not easing raising children. It’s a very hard job. And, I just thank God that He’s used them, used Jarvis as well as his cousin, to play football in the means of getting their education.”