HOF linebacker, pass rush great Kevin Greene dies at 58
Kevin Greene will be remembered for his long blonde hair, charisma and the mess he wreaked for opposing quarterbacks.
The Hall of Fame linebacker, considered one of the sharpest pass rushers in NFL history, died Monday. This has been confirmed by the family and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was 58 years old.
No cause of death was given.
"I considered him a personal friend and a true Hall of Famer in every way," said David Baker, President and CEO of the Hall of Fame, in a statement Monday was a great player but beyond that he was a great man. "
A two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection, Greene ended his 15-year NFL career with 160 sacks, ranking third in league history behind Bruce Smith (200) and Reggie White (198). He also had 23 forced fiddles and five interceptions.
He played for the Los Angeles Rams (1985-1992), Pittsburgh Steelers (1993-1995), Carolina Panthers (1996, 1998-99) and the San Francisco 49ers (1997). He was All-Pro in 1994 and 1996.
Former Panthers general manager Bill Polian said Greene was an exceptionally devoted person to his family, soccer player, and military trade, where he earned the rank of captain and trained as a paratrooper at Fort Benning.
Polian said Greene has an exceptional ability to escape blockers.
"He was a homemade technician and as good as anyone who has ever played the game in terms of technology," said Polian, as did Greene, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame. "And because he was too small, Grit played an enormous role in his." Success."
Greene would have agreed with this assessment.
"I wasn't the biggest (and) I wasn't the fastest," Greene once said. "But as long as you have an engine, you have a heart ... that will overcome all physical limitations."
Greene regularly studied film to look for opponents' weaknesses.
"I figured out how to get out of a rush," Greene said. "I figured out how to put a guy, an offensive piece of equipment three to four inches taller and 80 pounds heavier, in a position of failure, and I did."
Dom Capers, who coached Greene in Pittsburgh and Carolina, said Greene was "so passionate about the game".
"He had an infectious personality," said Capers. “He influenced everyone he was with. Everyone had great respect for him because he not only produced as a player, but because he was just as good a player as he was, an even better person. "
Art Rooney II, President of Steelers, noted the impact Greene had on the team.
"We lost a great player and a great person this morning with the death of Kevin Greene," said Rooney. “His sudden death comes as a shock to all of us as he has been a close friend and teammate to so many people in the Steelers family.
“When Kevin joined the Steelers in 1993, he made an immediate impact. Along with Greg Lloyd, Kevin and Greg led a defense known as the Blitzburgh that played in Super Bowl 30. Kevin's energy and enthusiasm inspired both our team and our fans. "
Greene was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.
"So sad to hear Kevin Greene die," said Steeler's defense attorney Cam Heyward. "I've only had a few interactions with him, but when we talked, he always spoke with great energy and passion."
Heywards team-mate Stephon Tuitt added on Twitter:
"It is an honor to represent this legendary number for you and your family today. I will make you proud. Prayers to Kevin Greene, a legend."
Greene had 14 or more sacks in three different seasons, including twice with the Panthers late in his career.
After retiring, he also trained for the Packers and Jets.
"For the coach who believed in me and gave me the opportunity, as a naughty kid, to call 'Out of Nowhere Coconut Head' to make my dreams come true was a blessing! I will always remember your statement:" There is none Substitute for kicking a man with an asterisk (asterisk) "RIP KG," tweeted Jets linebacker Frankie Luvu.
Baker said the Hall of Fame flag "is hoisted on half the staff in Kevin's memory".
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