Panther’s Green headed to military academy to play football


Braylon Green, right, of Fairbanks, tackles the West Jefferson quarterback during the regular season. Green will continue his football career at the Naval Academy. (Journal-Tribune photo by Sam Dillon)

Braylon Green’s high school football career is over.
However, there is still plenty of gridiron action ahead for the Fairbanks High School senior.
Green has announced that he will sign to play for the United States Naval Academy.
The 6-3, 205-pound linebacker-receiver said he made his decision on the Midshipmen prior to the start of 2020 preseason.
“I believe Coach (head coach Patrick) Cotter drew Navy’s attention to me,” said Green. “I got a call from them and they offered me a scholarship.”
Green said he had also considered the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. and the United States Military Academy at West Point.
“I’ve always been attracted to the military life-style,” said Green. “I’ve always wanted to do something to leave a helpful impact on the world.
“I know I’m also going to get a good education at a prestigious school.”
Green said he remains uncertain about his major of study. However, he said he wants to go into the medical field.
“My end goal is to become a physical therapist,” he said.
Green said he’s not sure when he will officially sign with Navy.
It could very well have to be done virtually, due to the current COVID-19 climate.
Green earned first-team honors in the Ohio Heritage Conference and was named to the Division VI special mention list for the Central District.
Green finished the season with 55 tackles, seven of which went for losses.
He intercepted one pass and returned it for a touchdown.
Green caught 18 passes for 302 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Panther senior said Navy coaches have indicated they will put some additional size on him as he prepares to play linebacker for the Midshipmen.
“The coaches have told me there is a chance I could play as a freshman,” he said. “It all depends on how my practices go.
“There is also an opportunity I could play on special teams somewhere along the way.”
Like every other athlete who attends a military school, Green will be looking at several years of active duty upon graduation.
“There is a four-year military commitment after graduation,” he said.
“Braylon and I had talked about this a while ago,” said Cotter. “I asked him if he was really serious about one of the service academies and he said he was.
“I told him ‘let’s go for it.’”
Cotter said Green should fit in well at the Naval Academy from a couple of aspects.
“Braylon is a high-level academic and athletic guy,” said the coach. “He’s worked very hard to get where he is and I’m super-proud when any of our kids choose the Armed Forces or a service academy.”

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