|Birthdate||May 29, 1990|
|College||Louisiana - Lafayette|
|Pick||Round: 4, Overall: 110|
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Childhood and High School
Born 29 May 1990, Ladarius Green was born in Berlin, Germany while his parents were in the United States military. His family’s relocation to Pensacola, Florida when he was three years old, was followed by attendance at Booker T. Washington High School, where he first played football and ran track.
Green played college football while attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Between 2008 and 2011, highlights included 149 receptions, 2,201 yards, and 22 touchdowns. Mel Kiper placed him on the NFL 2012 Top 5 tight end list after two solid seasons.
2012 NFL Draft
After an impressive combine performance of 4.45/40 time, Green was rated third tight end, out of a total of 73 players. A fourth round, 110 overall NFL draft pick by the San Diego Chargers, Green signed a four-year rookie contract for $2.55 million, and $450,000 signing bonus May 12, 2012.
2012 Rookie Season
When Green made his professional season debut as the Chargers fourth tight end on September 16, 2012 against the Tennessee Titans, he caught a 31-yard reception pass, kicking off the year. By Week 11, he had caught three passes, with 25 receiving yards; a season-high, despite of a 23–30 loss to Denver. A total of 4 catches and 56 receiving yards, 1 start, and 4 games topped the season.
On November 17, 2013, he caught 4 passes for a season-high of 81 receiving yards, in a game against the Miami Dolphins resulting in a 16-20 loss. The same month, Green caught his first career touchdown on the 60-yard line, in a game played against the Kansas City Chiefs. Playing all 16 games, starting in 10 of those matches, he had made 17 receptions for 376 years, and 3 touchdowns at the close of the season.
Catching 2 passes for 24-yards in an opening game against the Phoenix Cardinals, he went on to catching a season-high of 4 passes for 68 receiving yards Week 3, in a 28-10 victory game against the Buffalo Bills. With 19 receptions for 226 yards on 23 targets, and 11.6-yards average per catch record was the outcome to Green’s 4 start, and 14 appearance game season.
The 2015 season commenced with Green making 5 passes for 74 receiving yards, and a touchdown against the Detroit Lions. Catching 4 passes for 53-yards, a 19-yard touchdown reception in a game against the Cleveland Browns, the season resulted in a career-high of 37 receptions, 429 yards receiving, and 4 touchdowns out of 11 starting games, and 14 appearances.
Signing a four-year contract for $20 million, and a $4.75 million bonus salary with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green would manifest a "vertical threat" to opponents. He achieved 6 passes for a career-high 110 receiving yards his first season with the Steelers. Green scored his first touchdown of the season in a 24-14 win over the New York Giants. His first start resulted in 2 passes for 24 receiving yards in another win, beating the Buffalo Bills in a 27-20 victory in December 2016.
The NFL lifestyle is “all in the family” for Green. His cousin, offensive guard Tyronne Green played with the San Diego Chargers during his rookie season.
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