Paul Green still ‘looking out for others’ following his family’s generous act

Aug 18, 2022
The Director of the Australian Sports Brain Bank said he was "blown away" by the "incredibly generous donation". Source: Getty Images.

Following the tragic death of rugby league star and premiership-winning coach Paul Green his “devastated” family have made the generous decision to donate his brain to science in an effort to better understand the impact of concussion on sportspeople.

Green passed away suddenly at the age of 49 on Thursday, August 11 in his Brisbane home.

In a statement on the Australian Sports Brain Bank website, Green’s family encouraged fans of the late rugby icon to support the organisation’s “pioneering work” by helping them reach their goal of raising $150,000 to help fund research.

“In memory of our beloved Paul, we ask that you support the pioneering work of the Australian Sports Brain Bank,” the statement read.

“Paul was known for always looking out for others. We are proud that part of his legacy will be looking out for the brain health of all others involved in the game that he loved.

“Amanda, Emerson and Jed.”

In a statement provided to Nine, Michael Buckland the Director of the Australian Sports Brain Bank said he was “blown away” by the “incredibly generous donation”.

“This is an incredibly generous donation and will be an invaluable part of our research into the long-term effects of repetitive head impacts in sport and elsewhere,” he said.

“We at the Australian Sports Brain Bank are blown away by the fact that in their time of grief, Amanda and the rest of the family thought of how they could help others.”

The selfless act comes as a devastated rugby league community continues to mourn the sudden death of Green whose stellar playing career included taking the field an incredible 162 times with a number of clubs which included the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, North Queensland Cowboys, Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels, and the Brisbane Broncos.

He also represented Queensland in seven State of Origin games and played two matches for the Australian Super League team in 1997.

Following Green’s impressive playing career he turned his attention toward coaching after his retirement, where he famously led the North Queensland Cowboys to their first Grand Final in a decade. The Cowboys went to win the final with a 17-16 win over the Brisbane Broncos.

The monumental win made Green the first coach in history to defeat the Brisbane Broncos in a Grand Final.

Green’s family recently revealed that the sporting icon will be farewelled in a public funeral to celebrate his life and incredible sporting achievements. The public farewell is expected to be held at Kougari Oval, the home ground of the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls where Green played as a junior and where he would later return as a coach to lead the Seagulls to Queensland Cup premierships in 2011 and 2012.

Green is survived by his wife Amanda and two children Emerson and Jed.

If you or anyone you know needs help: Lifeline — 13 11 14; MensLine Australia — 1300 789 978; BeyondBlue — 1300 224 636; Suicide Call Back Service — 1300 659 467; Headspace — 1800 650 890; Kids Helpline — 1800 551 800.

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