No jinx: Green earns coveted Sports Illustrated honor


The Mirror

Federal Way High School senior C.J. Green is living every athlete’s dream.

The star on the Eagles football team is gracing the pages of this week’s Sports Illustrated.

Green appears in the Dec. 6 “Sportsman of the Year” issue of Sports Illustrated as one of five “Wrangler Five Star Student Athletes of the Year” recipients. The running back, who is also the student body president, stood out from the crowd because of athletic and academic achievements. Additionally, the Wrangler brand will honor Green with a $1,000 donation to the Federal Way High School athletic department.

“This means more than any other award I’ve ever won,” said Green, who was the Mirror’s All-City Football Team player of the year. “It’s a great honor. It’s hard to believe I was one of five out of so many.”

A panel of judges and selected personnel from Sports Illustrated judged the nationwide entries to determine the top five. The other four winners included two girls and two boys. Green finished with 17 touchdowns this season and was over 1,000 yards for the second straight season.

“When we read (his) profile, we were extremely impressed with his performance in the classroom and on the football field,” said Craig Errington, director of advertising for Wrangler. “To excel in both of these areas as a student is a huge challenge but also a huge accomplishment. We were looking for inspiring stories and we found plenty of them during this contest. It was a hard decision to make in many cases.”

Green heard the news that he won the award from his mother, Veronica Green. She sent him a text message.

Green is still up in the air where he will attend college next year. Currently several schools are actively recruiting him to play defensive back, including Washington State University, he said.

Hundreds of entries were submitted by family members, school staff, teammates, coaches and fans for the Wrangler award. The honor, which is in its inaugural year, was designed to reward amateur athletes like Green for their hard work, dedication and distinctive performance, according to a press release.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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