David Greene finally had something go his way.
Greene, a senior linebacker on the Forsyth Central football team, tore two ligaments in his left ankle during fall practice his freshman year. A year later, he tore the same ligaments in his right ankle during his first junior varsity game as a sophomore.
Though he was healthy enough to play football last year as a junior, he tore his ACL while playing lacrosse in February and is sidelined for his senior football season.
But Greene didn’t quit the team or pout. Instead, he kept a positive outlook and made a choice to assist the Bulldogs however he could this fall.
The Atlanta Falcons rewarded his commitment to the team and named him a Captain in the Community winner on Sept. 13, a weekly award given to a football student-athlete who demonstrates strong leadership skills on and off the field. Central will also receive a $1,000 grant to give to a local charity.
"I had no idea I was even entered to win," Greene said. "The Falcons called me and told me that I had won. It turns out that coach [Chris] Bennett entered my name. I called and thanked him after I found out."
Although Greene is not able to compete with the team on the field, he decided he could help by filming practice and teaching younger player fundamentals and techniques.
"I try to be a leader," Greene said. "I do whatever they need me to do to help the team. It doesn’t matter if I film or work in the groups. I’m just trying to do my part."
Bennett said he was only allowed to nominate one player, and knew that Greene was an admirable candidate for the award.
"David was worthy of this award so I had to recommend him," Bennett said. "He is really special to the program and is an integral part of the program. He doesn’t ever miss a practice and is a phenomenal person.
"David and I are going to get together and talk about what charity to give the money to. I know he is leaning towards the Miracle League, so we need to just make sure that’s what we want to do. There are so many good charities out there."
Greene, who boasts a 3.76 grade point average, will attend Southern Polytechnic State University after graduation in hopes of a mechanical engineering degree. He isn’t sure whether he wants to play intramural sports at Southern, but isn’t afraid of another injury.
"My mom wants to put me in a bubble," Greene said with a laugh. "But I can’t [worry] about being injured again."