MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - One of the newest Memphis Grizzlies players is a survivor both on and especially off the basketball court.
Fans can see Jeff Green throw down dunks and hit 3-pointers in the NBA all the time, but his life was almost "game over" when a routine physical three years ago uncovered an aortic root aneurysm.
Open heart surgery meant a year away from the game along with painful rehab, but Green came back better than ever.
Now, Green is sharing his story-- and his neck to navel scar-- with patients at the Cardiovascular unit of LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.
"You know, it's great. I enjoy sharing the story with young kids and them telling me about their story," said Green. "You know, it's fun 'cause you get to relate what you went through with somebody so young."
WMC Action News 5's Jarvis Greer sat down with Green to find out how he relates to the kids, and how they relate to him. Check out his report on WMC Action News 5 after the big game on Super Bowl Sunday.