By Brit McCandless Farmer
Tim Green keeps reinventing himself. A linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons, he spent eight years sacking quarterbacks in the NFL. In his spare time, he got a law degree and became an attorney. After he retired from football, he spent a decade covering the NFL as an analyst for Fox Sports, all the while writing books and becoming a best seller.
Today, Green is playing a new, unwanted role.
“I think it’s the same as it was before,” he told 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft. “Be the best husband, best dad, lawyer, writer, businessperson I can be. And also to tackle ALS.”
Green was diagnosed with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, two years ago. The disease, which New York Yankee Lou Gehrig first gave a name and a face to almost 80 years ago, destroys the nerves that control voluntary muscle movement. Most ALS patients are given two to five years to live.
Read the whole story and watch the six-minute 60 Minutes interview here…