Hall of Famer linebacker Kevin Greene, thought-about one of many fiercest pass-rushers in NFL historical past, has died. He was 58.
Greene died Monday, the household confirmed, as did the Professional Soccer Hall of Famer.
No reason behind demise was given.
“All the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame household mourns the passing of Kevin Greene,” Hall of Famer president and CEO David Baker mentioned in an announcement Monday. “I regarded him as a private buddy and a real Hall of Famer in each sense. He possessed essentially the most unimaginable can-do perspective of anybody I ever met. He was a fantastic participant, however greater than that, he was a fantastic man.”
Identified for his lengthy blond locks, his relentless pursuit of the quarterback and his omnipresent charisma — which helped him in his transient profession as an expert wrestler — Greene made essentially the most of his expertise.
“I wasn’t the largest [and] I wasn’t quickest,” Greene as soon as mentioned. “However so long as you’ve got a motor, you’ve got coronary heart … that may overcome any bodily limitations.”
Greene recurrently used movie examine to seek for an opponent’s weak point.
“I discovered easy methods to move rush,” Greene mentioned. “I discovered easy methods to put a man, an offensive sort out three to 4 inches taller, 80 kilos heavier, put him able of failure, and I did that.”
A two-time All-Professional and five-time Professional Bowl choice, Greene completed his profession with 160 sacks, which ranks third in league historical past behind solely Bruce Smith (200) and Reggie White (198). He additionally had 23 pressured fumbles and 5 interceptions.
“We misplaced a tremendous participant and individual this morning with the passing of Kevin Greene,” Steelers president Artwork Rooney II mentioned. “His sudden demise is a shock to us all as he was a detailed buddy and teammate to so many individuals within the Steelers household.
“When Kevin got here to the Steelers in 1993 he had a direct affect. Paired with Greg Lloyd, Kevin and Greg led a protection that grew to become often called Blitzburgh and went on to play in Tremendous Bowl 30. Kevin’s power and enthusiasm have been inspiring for our staff in addition to our followers.
“My condolences exit to Kevin’s spouse, Tara, their kids and the complete Greene household on this most troublesome time. They’ll all the time be members of the Steelers household and in our ideas and prayers.”
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy, whom Greene labored for in Inexperienced Bay, mentioned Greene “was as pushed an individual as I’ve ever had the chance to work with. He labored for me up there for 5 years and was the identical man on daily basis, introduced large power to the workplace and he loves the sport of soccer,” McCarthy mentioned. “Clearly his ardour as a participant and as a coach, I imply he is touched lots of people. The fellows that knew Kevin on employees right here, we have been sharing a few of our tales and our time along with him. Simply very, very unhappy to get that information right here earlier at the moment.”
Greene was inducted into the Hall of Famer in 2016.
The Steelers’ Stephon Tuitt posted on social media that it was an honor to share the identical quantity with Greene.
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He performed 15 seasons within the NFL for 4 groups: the Los Angeles Rams (1985-1992), Steelers (1993-1995), Carolina Panthers (1996, 1998-99) and San Francisco 49ers. He was All-Professional in 1994 and 1996.
“The Rams household and the NFL misplaced a sport changer at the moment. We’re deeply saddened to study of the passing of Hall of Famer Kevin Greene, who left an indelible mark on the Rams franchise along with his ardour for greatness and his love for teammates and coaches. He outlined what it means to be a Los Angeles Ram, on and off the sector, elevating everybody round him by means of his extraordinary management and dedication to serving others. Our ideas are with the Greene household, his associates, and the numerous folks he impressed all through his life,” the Rams mentioned in an announcement.
Greene had 14 or extra sacks in three completely different seasons, together with twice with the Panthers late in his profession.
He additionally coached for the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets after his retirement.
Jets linebacker Frankie Luvu, in a tweet, thanked Greene for believing in him.
To the coach that believed in me and gave me a chance as a Undrafted child as he referred to as “Out of nowhere coconut head” to make my goals comes true was a blessing! I’ll all the time bear in mind your saying “there’s no substitute on kicking a person a**. RIP KG🙏🏽😔 pic.twitter.com/PZpfk38hH0
— Frankie Luvu (@frankluvu7) December 21, 2020