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As Green relates in A Man and His Mother, the drive to excel that brought him success was nurtured by an early darkness: his feeling of being unwanted by his biological mother because she gave him up for adoption and his being somewhat of a misfit amongst his peers. As Green grew older, he spent years zealously refusing to confront the issue of his biological mother, until the need to know the truth finally grew unbearable.
What Green hoped would be an easy search proved to be one of the most arduous but inspiring efforts of his life. The search began discouragingly. While still playing defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons, Green attempted to have his adoption records unsealed but was unsuccessful. Frustrated, he hired a private investigator whose efforts proved no better. As his career flourished, the search floundered, and Green began to despair that it would fail. Then, in an unbelievable twist of fate, Green's kindness to a young fan connected him to the woman who could unlock the riddle of his identity.
Full of longing and doubt, false leads and sudden breaks, A Man and His Mother tells of Green's fateful rediscovery and reunion with his biological mother and thechanges that this reunion engendered in both their lives. In a story suffused with hope, it is a new understanding that allows Green to finally reconcile the two sides of himself and his two families, offering us all a look at the true meanings of family, home, self, and love.
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