Honorary Chair - Roy Calvin Green
Roy Calvin Green was born June 30, 1957 in Magnolia, Arkansas. He is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). He played professionally for the St. Louis Cardinals (1979–1987), Phoenix Cardinals (1988–1990) and Philadelphia Eagles (1991–1992). He played college football at Henderson State University, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas as a defensive back and returned kicks. He also achieved All-American status.
Roy was drafted by the then, St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth round of the 1979 NFL Draft. He starred as a rookie returning kicks, including a 106-yard return for a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys, tying an NFL record. He also played well at cornerback. In 1981, he stepped in as wide receiver part-time and managed to gain 708 yards on merely 33 catches – nearly 21.5 yards per catch. The following season, he fully transitioned to wide receiver and performed well in the strike-shortened season. He truly shined during the next several seasons, particularly in 1984, when his 1,555 receiving yards were then the third highest in a season. He also led the Cardinals in receiving in 1983, 1984 and 1988.
Roy was traded to the Cleveland Browns in 1991. The Browns elected to release him before the regular season began, and he was subsequently signed to the Philadelphia Eagles, who sought veteran leadership at wide receiver. He played much of that season, in which a lackluster offense was balanced by a sensational defense. He retired in 1993. John Madden honored Roy in his annual All-Madden Team, stating that at one point, he regarded Roy as not the best wide receiver in the game, but the best player. He finished with 559 receptions for 8,965 yards and 66 touchdowns. He also rushed for 140 yards, returned 27 punts for 230 yards, and added another 2,002 yards on kickoff returns. He also intercepted 4 passes for 54 yards, and recovered 20 fumbles. Overall, he gained 11,391 yards and scored 69 touchdowns.
In 2012, Roy was diagnosed with kidney disease due to the long-term use of anti-inflammatories during his playing career in the NFL. Following a year of dialysis 3 days a week, his daughters, Miyosha, 30, and Candace, 26, both offered to donate a kidney to their father. Both daughters were matches, but Miyosha was chosen to donate. Roy had successful surgery at the Mayo Clinic.
Since being retired from the NFL, Roy has shifted his focus to helping improve the health of current and former professional athletes through promoting sleep apnea awareness across the country. He has teamed up with dental icon, David Gergen, and a company called Pro Player Health Alliance to hold free public awareness events in local communities all over the nation. After joining the cause of Pro Player Health Alliance and using his extensive amount of connections to players, he has helped get over 150 former players successfully treated for sleep apnea.
On October 2, 2016 Roy was the 16th member to be inducted into the Arizona Cardinals Ring of Honor.