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Rookie Report: Ladarius Green
The Chargers used their fourth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft to select rangy tight end Ladarius Green from Louisiana-Lafayette. San Diego football fans will remember Green from his five-catch, 121-yard, one-touchdown effort against San Diego State in the 2011 New Orleans Bowl. Now in San Diego, the Chargers believe he can be a big-play complement to Antonio Gates.
A three-time All-Sun Belt League choice, the 6-6, 240-pound Green caught 149 passes for 2,201 yards and 22 touchdowns during his career with the Ragin’ Cajuns. His 22 touchdown catches were second-most in school history behind current Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley, while his yardage and reception totals ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.
Green also excelled in the classroom, earning a degree in finance in just three-and-a-half years. He spoke publicly about one day pursuing a career in investment banking.
Green was born in Berlin, Germany, while both of his parents served in the military.
Despite his 6-6 frame, Green’s nickname is “Pee Wee.” It is a moniker he was given as a high school junior when he stood just 5-10, but even though he hit a major growth spurt shortly thereafter, the name stuck and his teammates still refer to him as Pee Wee.