Getting to know … Virgil Green

Neveda TE Virgil Green poses for a portrait in the NFL Network studio on April 12th. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL)

Nevada TE Virgil Green dropped by the NFL Network studios with teammate Colin Kaepernick on Tuesday, and took some time to answer a few of our questions:

What’s the first thing you’ll be with your first NFL paycheck?
VG: I want to get a big, lifted truck with mudflaps on the back. Where I’m from, it’s an agricultural area, so that’s just how I’ve been raised. I was only there the first six years of my life, but it’s one of my memories as I get older. I’m a bigger guy, so I need the room.

What’s something about you that NFL teams might not even know?
VG: My dad raced motocross back in the day, and I’ve always enjoyed watching it. That sport intrigues me. After my career is over, I want to have a dirt bike track at my house and ride. A lot of people don’t seem me as the kind of guy to do that, but my dad did this professionally back in the late 1970s.

If you could have any music group or artist past or present headline your party, who would it be?
VG: I would probably keep it old school with The Isley Brothers. Their music relaxes me and I can listen to it all day. My grandmother used to babysit us when I was younger, and would always play old-school music. It gets to me. Grandma had some good taste.

Who is your favorite NFL tight end?
VG: Tony Gonzalez. He’s one of the best ever and changed the way tight ends have transitioned themselves from college to the NFL. He can do a little bit of everything. He’s a guy who you want to model yourself after.

I know you’re going to meet Gonzalez for the first time tomorrow. What are you going to ask him?
VG: I don’t even know. I might just be shocked just to be around the guy. When I was in high school, I thought, “This guy is half man, half amazing.” Just being around him, I think I’ll be star-struck around him. I’ll try to mask it!

What’s your favorite movie?
VG: My favorite older movie of all-time is “Scarface.” Al Pacino played that role so well. It’s a longer movie, but I like it. My favorite newer movie is “Training Day.” Denzel Washington is, to me, one of the greatest actors ever. The way he gets into those roles is ridiculous.

Do you know what a hassa is?
VG: That’s a pig that don’t fly straight.

What would you tell NFL teams about Colin Kaepernick?
VG: He’s one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen. He’s not your typical quarterback. He’s the type of quarterback who will hit you, he’s not afraid of contact. He’s worked hard to improve his throwing. He’s tough. He’s the kind of guy I would want to go to war with on the field week in and week out. A team is going to love him and his work ethic. There’s not a doubt in my mind he’ll be a great NFL quarterback.

What food can’t you get enough of? What do you crave?
VG: Jack in the Box tacos. They are wonderful to me. I love them.

Do you know what’s in them?
VG: They taste good. Where I trained at in Florida, though, they didn’t have Jack in the Box. There were a couple of nights where they were all I could think about. But, it worked out for me at the combine. It paid off.

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