Paul Green: Bryan Fletcher tells Gatorade story, Sydney Roosters, tributes, video, NRL news

The death of Paul Green this week sent shockwaves through the entire rugby league community and tributes have poured in ever since.

Tears flowed and stories came out of the woodwork in tribute to the great NRL.

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The 49-year-old was found dead at his Brisbane home on Thursday morning, the day after his son’s ninth birthday. It has been confirmed that he committed suicide.

The Courier Mail reported that the footy legend’s wife, Amanda, found him unresponsive at their home after returning home from doing pilates at the gym.

Some of the league’s biggest names have paid tribute to Green with moving tributes, from Trent Robinson to Wayne Bennett and Johnathan Thurston.

On Thursday, it was former teammate Bryan Fletcher who shared a story that summed up the NRL great’s selflessness.

Green joined the Sydney Roosters in 2001 and had a stellar season. His second season, however, did not go as planned.

A knee injury suffered in the first round ruled him out for the rest of the season as his teammates continued to claim Premiership glory.

Instead of sitting on the sidelines, Green made sure his impact was felt off the pitch on the team, according to Fletcher.

“If we had a drink, he was the first to organize it – I think he took it upon himself as a role,” Fletcher said on Fox League.

“I think he was like, ‘I’m not going to be able to play this year and add anything to the team, so I’ll try to help off the pitch.

“It was a great year, that year. We were talking about it at the (recent 20-year-old) reunion how much fun we had. And I think it had a lot to do with Greeny.

Fletcher, however, said his biggest move off the court came before the Grand Finals when he approached Gatorade. Green is the player who helped start the American tradition of raining down victorious coaches at Gatorade Down Under.

Green’s selfless act prepared his team for their post-season getaway and summed up why his teammates loved him so much.

“He went to Gatorade and said, ‘If we do this, what will you give us? “, Fletcher said.

“He organized $10,000 or something and we used it for a trip. (It was) the first time it was done (in Australia).

“He said, ‘If you do it to Sticky (Ricky Stuart), Gatorade is going to give us 10,000.’ We did it and Gatorade used it for a billboard the next year.

“We had never seen that before, obviously that was big in American sports.”

Green surprised his teammates for the 20th anniversary reunion after initially telling them he couldn’t come due to a family vacation.

“He was up there on one of the islands up there,” Fletcher said.

“He said, ‘Sorry boys, I can’t come.’ But he ended up (coming) as a bit of a surprise. He said: “I couldn’t not come up with all the jokes on WhatsApp.”

“He arrived and he had to go buy (clothes). He just had boardies. He went to Best & Less or something.

“He had shirts that were too big for him, his pants were too tight. He is (again) on the dance floor!

Green’s family released a statement after his shock death, thanking those who reached out following the news.

“Today we are devastated,” Green’s family said in a statement.

“We have lost a devoted husband, a loving father and a wonderful brother and son. We cannot find the words that would come close to expressing our feelings, but we would like to express our thanks to those who reached out to us. hand with their love and support.

“Paul was loved by so many and we know this news will be of immense interest, but at this time we ask for confidentiality.

“Our family is still trying to come to terms with this tragedy and we ask for space and time to deal with this loss. Thank you.”

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