WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- If Marion Barry can be re-elected mayor after being convicted as a serial cocaine user, a professional football player has as good a chance as any to be elected to head the District of Colombia.
"I might run for mayor," said Darrell Green, Washington Redskins cornerback when questioned about his longer-term ambitions Tuesday. "I mean I could. But I might not."
Green is certainly setting foot in the right direction for a political career. The popular Washington player has already launched a foundation under his own name to help under-privileged children in the city as well as the inner cities of Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
He pointed out that children from the roughest parts of Washington often have no sense of security, and no place to feel safe.
"So many kids are fatherless ... there's so much hopelessness. We need to knock those walls down, and provide safe havens for them," Green said.
The Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation, with its Christian focus, will work in conjunction with the local government and public schools to provide after-school care and recreational activities for children from families of lesser means.
The 41-year old athlete with the Redskins announced last month that this would be his last season as a player, vowing to end his 19-year career with the Redskins, and dismissed any possibility of a comeback.
"I'll miss the game, and I'll definitely miss the people ... but I mean, I missed elementary school when I went on to junior high," Green said.
Instead, he will be concentrating on building up his charitable foundation established in 1988, and help the many children in Washington who suffer the double blow of poverty and broken homes. Still, Green could hardly disguise his bigger aspirations.
"I always wanted to be significant. That's what I wanted since I was a small boy," he said, looking back at his childhood days in Texas.
While his speech at the National Press Club luncheon focused largely on his efforts to start up and nurture his foundation, questions from the audience -- that included Redskins owner Dan Snyder -- concentrated on his football career.
But despite of his team's less than stellar performance this season -- the Redskin's have posted a 1-5 record so far -- Green had nothing but praise for the Redskins. Even when questioned what he would do if he were the owner, Green simply said that he would do nothing differently, saying Snyder was doing a "great job."