International Bowl MVP, "Friday Night Tykes" star part of this weekend's U.S. National Team regionals

By Brent Glasgow | Posted 4/25/2018

This weekend, the U.S. National Team Regional program hits Chicago, San Antonio and New Jersey, where football players will learn from top college coaches and try out for the National Teams that'll compete at International Bowl X.

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Each week, some of the top young players in the country showcase and improve their skills, while making their case to play for the United States in January at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. This week that includes a standout running back from San Antonio, who did just that earlier this year.

Carson Green, 13, was part of the biggest offensive explosion in International Bowl history, as the U.S. Under-14 Stars topped the Under-14 Stripes 63-48, in a game that featured 889 combined yards.

How did Green do? Not bad at all.

International Bowl MVP Carson Green

"It was great. I loved the experience of going in the locker room, feeling that real game-day energy and vibe," Green said. "Getting to see the talent from around the country, that was my favorite part."

Green's effort included nine carries for 131 yards and four receptions for 188 yards. It wasn't his only major MVP award of the season, as he racked up two more in Las Vegas and Virginia Beach playing in Diamond Sports Group tournaments.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a busier athlete. During football season, Green played for Lopez Middle School and the San Antonio Outlaws youth program, made famous by Netflix's "Friday Night Tykes" series. He also plays basketball and runs track.

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With all of that, school still comes first.

"I make sure everything's balanced," said Green, who'll be an eighth-grader in the fall. "I have a study hall period and I use my time wisely. I don't like to mess around."

That doesn't surprise USA Football Middle School Manager Alan Popadines.

"It's still early, but at this stage in Carson's career, he's the complete package of a student-athlete. He's respectful on the field and in the classroom, his football accomplishments speak for themselves, and the way he carries himself is mature beyond his years," Popadines said. "When the game of football has taken him as far as it'll go, he's the type of kid that has the skills built in to be successful at whatever he'll do."

Carson Green International Bowl

When he and his family moved to Texas from Arizona in 2009, Green had a memorable football debut in the Lone Star State.

"I went out in some Converse, pants and a polo shirt. The coach gave me the ball, and I just took off," he said. 

Green's been doing plenty of that ever since, and he's taken full advantage of the opportunities the U.S. National Team program provides.

"The coaches have helped me see the game in a more broken-down aspect, rather than just running left or right," he said. "It's helped me up my game with the ability to see the defense and what I'm up against."

Joining Green at this week's San Antonio regional will be fellow Outlaws star running back Myzel Miller, a 14-year-old who made a name for himself on the Netflix show "Friday Night Tykes" with his ability on the field. Any list of the top players in the Class of 2022 includes his name.

Here's a look at Miller's work on the gridiron:


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