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Tim Green speaks to third through sixth-grade students at Millard Fillmore Elementary School in Moravia in 2014.

Syracuse University will retire the No. 72 jersey in honor of Tim Green during halftime of the football team's home opener, director of athletics John Wildhack announced Monday.

The Orange's first game at the Carrier Dome takes place Sept. 14 when they host Clemson. Green is the sixth player to have his number retired but the first who played predominantly defense. He is joined by Larry Csonka (39), John Mackey (88), Donovan McNabb (5), Don McPherson (9) and Joe Morris (47).

Green, who resides in Skaneateles, is the all-time sacks leader for the Orange (45.5) and recorded 341 career tackles between 1982 and 1985.

Green was selected by the Falcons in the first round of the 1986 NFL draft, and registered 24 sacks and nine fumble recoveries over eight seasons with Atlanta.

Greens post-playing career included being a lawyer, a commentator on "NFL on Fox," and a New York Times best-selling author. He also was a head coach for the Skaneateles High School football team.

Green, 55, revealed on "60 Minutes" last November that he has been living with ALS, and his family have started a fundraising effort called Tackle ALS to benefit ALS research at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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