- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 16, 2001

IRVING, Texas Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green's farewell tour turned into a homecoming last night.
Green wasn't a Dallas Cowboys fan when growing up in Houston, but games at Texas Stadium have often included friends and family in the stands. Beating the Cowboys in one of the NFL's fierce rivalries meant offseason bragging rights when returning home.
Green played his final game at Dallas last night before his scheduled retirement at season's end. He saw the usual sea of blue dotted by occasional red jerseys. With both teams entering 0-4, it didn't seem like the usual hostile atmosphere.
"Each week I take a moment to reflect," Green said. "It's not a sad time, but it's an honored position to be in. The fans around the league have been very nice as well."
Green's 268 games are fifth most in NFL history among non-kickers. He's only one behind Arizona deep snapper Tre Junkin, and can move to fourth if the latter should somehow not finish the season. All those games have melted together for Green. It's hard for him to single out a marquee play or even a big game.
But there have certainly been a number of them. Green's five interceptions against Dallas include an 18-yard touchdown that was the difference in a 19-15 victory in 1990. Ironically, that was the last time he picked off a Cowboys passer.
Green's first game as a 1983 first-round pick was a 31-30 loss to Dallas at RFK Stadium. It was also the start of his reputation for speed. The NFL's four-time Fastest Man caught Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett from behind when the latter was in full stride.
"My brain didn't register 'This is Tony Dorsett,'" Green later said. "I remember running past our whole defense. Shoo, shoo, shoo like cars running by."
Even Dorsett was surprised anyone could catch him.
"All of a sudden, Darrell pulls up beside me and I'm like 'Dang, where did he come from?'" Dorsett said. "If I had seen him from the beginning I wouldn't have let him catch me."
Ironically, Green said that play caused fans to overlook his coverage ability.
"It took me several years to overcome the tag of the fast guy and not a guy that can't cover," he said. "I want to go out with the old tag. I want to finish with the tag of being a great cover guy."
Green won his Texas Stadium debut 31-10 with his first of three career interceptions off Cowboys quarterback Danny White.
"It was exciting [to play there after] growing up in Texas," Green said. "Just the thrill of playing in the home state. No matter how you twist it the Cowboys was and still are one of the prestigious teams and it was a great thrill to play in it regardless of the rivalry."
Cowboys coach Dave Campo still marvels over how well Green plays.
"You watch him on film and you can see many, many of the things that have kept him in the league," Campo said. "He seems to be the same type of guy that Emmitt [Smith] is, a very good person and outstanding football player. It's unbelievable he could still be going at this point."
Green didn't start in his last Monday night game, but he still played in passing situations. While this meeting didn't have much meaning, Green will always relish the rivalry.
"I didn't make the rivalry. I don't own it. You don't own it," Green said. "It belongs to the people and I think it will be here forever."

Alexander, Smoot injured
Two Redskins starters were injured in the first half. Tight end Stephen Alexander sprained his right ankle with 51/2 minutes left in the first quarter and rookie cornerback Fred Smoot sprained his left knee with 1:48 left before halftime.
Alexander's injury came while blocking for Stephen Davis on a run play. Alexander had to be helped from the field and could not put pressure on the ankle. He then was carted away for X-rays on his lower right leg.
The injury further hampered a disappointing fourth year for Alexander, who was selected to his first Pro Bowl last season. A year after setting career highs with 47 catches for 510 yards, Alexander entered last night's game with just nine catches for 85 yards.
Smoot's setback came while trying to defend an option run by Cowboys quarterback Anthony Wright. He also had to be helped from the field and could not put pressure on his leg.
Four minutes before the injury Smoot had added to his impressive debut season with an interception of Wright. On the play he stepped in front of wide receiver Joey Galloway on a deep pattern down the left sideline. The pick was Smoot's team-leading third of the season and he ran it back 36 yards.

Statuesque Landry
A nine-foot statue of the late Cowboys coach Tom Landry was unveiled at halftime. The bronze statue will greet fans at Gate One.
"I'm excited they're honoring a man who was very influential not only in Cowboys history but NFL history," Dave Campo said. "I spent many, many years watching Tom Landry coach and it's a tremendous honor to be the Cowboys coach."

Defensive ends Marco Coleman and Bruce Smith, defensive tackle Donovan Arp, running back Kenny Watson, center Mark Fischer, receiver Darnerien McCants and offensive tackle Ross Tucker were inactive.
Rick Snider

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