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Iowa Time Machine: Dexter "Money" Green - May 20, 1957

Iowa Time Machine ⏰: On May 20, 1957, Iowa State running back Dexter “Money” Green was born. A 1978 All-American and two-time All-Big 8 performer, Green raced for 3,347 yards over a storied career for the Cyclones.

Originally from Woodbridge, Virginia, Green arrived in Ames and helped the Cyclones to a trio of eight win seasons from 1976-1978. Due to his small stature, Green only stood 5’9” and 170 pounds when he enrolled at Iowa State, many doubted his ability to contribute to the Cyclone backfield. However, by his sophomore season Green put any questions to rest with his first 1,000 yard season.

In 1976, despite a significant injury to his right knee, Green racked up 214 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 21-17 road win over no. 7 Missouri. The following season, Mizzou arrived in Ames bent on revenge only to watch as Green bounced off tacklers for a 28-yard fourth quarter run to lead the Cyclones to a 7-0 victory. 

Green helped the Cyclones go from 4-7 in 1975 to 8-3 in 1976 before leading the team to back-to-back bowl appearances in 1977 and 1978. Iowa State’s leader in yards (3,437) and touchdowns (34) at the time of his graduation, Green left a storied legacy in Ames. Green passed away from cancer at the age of 46 in 2003, but left Cyclone fans with memories which ensure he’ll always be remembered in Ames. #IowaOTD #IowaHistoryDaily #IowaHistoryCalendar


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