ESPN.com wrote:As he struggled to overcome his addictions, William Green missed football, his Cleveland teammates and the opulent life he once knew.
The Browns' troubled running back now feels lucky to have them all back.
"I definitely feel like a new man," Green said. "I feel very confident about my game. I feel like I have a new life and I'm going to take full advantage of it."
Green spoke with reporters Sunday after the Browns concluded their three-day minicamp. It was the first time Green has spoken publicly following months of personal turmoil that jeopardized his health, family and pro football future.
In the past seven months, Green was arrested for drunken driving, suspended by the NFL for violating its substance-abuse program and his girlfriend, the mother of his two daughters, has been accused of stabbing him in the back during a domestic dispute in his home.
He also spent three days in jail and went through rehab for alcohol abuse, making the former Boston College star wonder if he'd get another chance.
Green regrets how he allowed his life to spiral downward, and said he's committed to sobriety and making amends to those who have stood by him.
"I have a bright future and I owe a lot of people a lot, starting with the Browns," he said. "They stayed by my side the whole time - my teammates, family and all the fans. It's good to be back into the swing of things. I've got a lot of work to do, but I'm looking forward to doing it."
For a while, it appeared Green's days in Cleveland were over. The Browns weren't sure if the third-year back would be able to overcome his addictions. There also was speculation the team might release Green or trade him.
In the end, the Browns decided to give Green a second chance - one he's forever grateful for.
"It's just good to be back in the locker room," said Green, who because of league rules couldn't enter the Browns' training facility during his suspension last season. "I'm grateful that the team allowed me back. I'm looking forward to making it up to them."
He can repay the Browns by staying sober and fulfilling his obligation to the franchise that drafted him in the first round of the 2002 NFL draft.
Green's teammates want nothing more than that.
"It's his life. He just needs to go out, fulfill the obligation to himself and run the ball hard," defensive tackle Gerard Warren said. "He's ready to come back strong and bury all the baggage."
The Browns can only hope so.
Coach Butch Davis said he has observed a drastic change in Green, who rushed for 887 yards as a rookie and was on his way to a 1,000-yard season in 2003 before a series of setbacks that began with an Oct. 21 arrest for drunken driving and marijuana possession.
Green was convicted on the DUI charge and in February served three days in jail.
"I see a different kid," Davis said. "I see a guy who is a lot more serious. He knows there are things he needed to address and change. Sometimes people need a wake-up call. He's doing what he's supposed to do.
"Every single day that puts distance between what happened in the past. He's practicing hard. He's going to get a chance to write his own future."
Green wants to, and says he has matured enough that he won't slide back to bad habits. He insists he has a handle on his addictions.
"It was silly mistakes that led into other things," he said. "Nothing was intentional, but it was a mistake. I have a hold of it now. I know how to control it.
"I'll never put myself in that situation again."
Source: Browns RB Speaks After Mini-Camp