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Steelers great L.C. Greenwood dies at 67

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L.C. Greenwood, the All-Pro defensive end who won four Super Bowl rings as a member of Pittsburgh’s “Steel Curtain” defense, has died at the age of 67.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Greenwood died of natural causes at 11:56 a.m. on Sunday.

A 10th-round draft pick out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 1969, Greenwood was one of a host of talented draft picks who made the Steelers the best franchise in the NFL in the 1970s. The Steelers recognized the natural athletic talent in the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Greenwood and put him on a defensive line that also included Mean Joe Greene, Ernie Holmes and Dwight White. That was one of the greatest defensive lines ever assembled.

Greenwood may have played his finest game in Super Bowl X. Although sacks would not become an official statistic in the NFL for six more years, the play-by-play from Super Bowl X says Greenwood sacked Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach four times in that game. The official Super Bowl record for sacks in a game is three.

Greenwood was a six-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro and a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1970s.

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48 Responses to “Steelers great L.C. Greenwood dies at 67”
  1. killerpgh says: Sep 29, 2013 3:42 PM

    R.I.P.

  2. wearethesteelers says: Sep 29, 2013 3:43 PM

    A true legend, a true Steeler. You will be missed.

  3. rajbais says: Sep 29, 2013 3:43 PM

    RIP LC Greenwood.

    We wish you were in the Hall of Fame.

  4. keiselsbeard says: Sep 29, 2013 3:43 PM

    R.I.P. LC. You will be missed.

  5. realfootballfan says: Sep 29, 2013 3:45 PM

    A true legend who definitely died too young.

  6. pdmjr says: Sep 29, 2013 3:50 PM

    Better than Joe Grens

  7. moerawn says: Sep 29, 2013 3:51 PM

    RIP, to a great player on a great team.

  8. chadhenne42 says: Sep 29, 2013 3:53 PM

    Good man and a legend. The 2013 Steeler season is coming with you on your journey.

  9. Deb says: Sep 29, 2013 3:57 PM

    So sad to hear this news. Prayers go out for his family, friends, former coaches and teammates. Wish he had been able to take his place in the Hall.

    RIP, L.C. We will miss you.

  10. jacktown88 says: Sep 29, 2013 3:59 PM

    RIP to Hollywood Bags.

    L.C. has long since deserved to join his teammates Greene, Ham, Blount, Bradshaw, Harris, Lambert, Webster, Swann and Stallworth in the Hall of Fame.

    One other thing: The Steel Curtain wasn’t one of the best defensive lines in NFL history.

    It was THE best.

  11. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 29, 2013 4:08 PM

    Condolences

  12. righthereisay says: Sep 29, 2013 4:19 PM

    Sad. It’s time to reflect and hopefully the HOF will put him in this year. He deserves it.

  13. bengalguy says: Sep 29, 2013 4:20 PM

    One of the best

  14. eglsfan says: Sep 29, 2013 4:26 PM

    RIP Mr Greenwood..it was a joy to watch you play

  15. urbusted2 says: Sep 29, 2013 4:29 PM

    Sad…Great ball player! Good man..

  16. steel2372 says: Sep 29, 2013 4:32 PM

    RIP L.C. Steelers nation will miss you!

  17. bujuman69 says: Sep 29, 2013 4:32 PM

    R.I.P

  18. drone501 says: Sep 29, 2013 4:35 PM

    joe greene the only one left of the greatest front four of all time. god bless all you warriors.

  19. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 29, 2013 4:47 PM

    Prayers for him and his family.

    Too bad some of these families don’t sue this franchise for pumping their loved ones full of horse steroids (and who knows what else) without concern or consideration of horrific health affects.

    There is a reason so many on this team during that “run” have died at an early age.

    Financially bankrupt this organization that has been morally bankrupt for almost half a century.

  20. Deb says: Sep 29, 2013 5:15 PM

    @realitycheckbaby …

    We realize that a troll is a troll. But doing it on a condolence post takes classless to a new low.

  21. mackcarrington says: Sep 29, 2013 5:19 PM

    Will always remember those gold shoes.

  22. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Sep 29, 2013 5:56 PM

    Deb says:
    Sep 29, 2013 5:15 PM
    @realitycheckbaby …

    We realize that a troll is a troll. But doing it on a condolence post takes classless to a new low.

    Could’nt agree more. I hope this person feels real good about them selfs when he/she wakes up in the mornings.

  23. larrydavid7000 says: Sep 29, 2013 5:58 PM

    RIP LC .

  24. scoobies05 says: Sep 29, 2013 6:06 PM

    oh man. just heard about this. my sympathies to the greenwood family and to steelers nation. rip lc

  25. fdugrad says: Sep 29, 2013 6:31 PM

    One of the GREATS of my youth, gone too soon. RIP Mr. Greenwood.

  26. pens5829 says: Sep 29, 2013 6:34 PM

    Realitycheckbaby’s just another moron with a keyboard who just didn’t get enough attention as a child.

    RIP L.C.!

  27. bigbenownsthenfl says: Sep 29, 2013 6:55 PM

    I hope there is karma that way realitycheckbaby can reap the full benefits of his maniacal rants! theres football, and then theres life. I suggest you get one pal!!

  28. jlilly67 says: Sep 29, 2013 7:16 PM

    How is this guy not in the HOF? Ludicrous

  29. theageofquarrel says: Sep 29, 2013 7:32 PM

    Hopefully the NFL will allow the Steelers D-Line to wear gold shoes in tribute to Hollywood Bags.

    The Steel Curtain Defense is the standard still felt today.

  30. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 29, 2013 7:38 PM

    Shocking news,
    Hard to believe Joe Greene is the only surviving member of the original Steel Curtain Front Four. And before idiots blame steroids, you had better know what you’re talking about.
    Tackle Ernie Holmes died in a car accident, and defensive end Dwight White died from back-surgery complications. Both Holmes and White’s deaths were recent, each within the past five years, if I’m not mistaken…
    LC belongs in the Hall of Fame.

  31. mborz says: Sep 29, 2013 8:16 PM

    Great player, great personality. You will be missed but never forgotten.

    Seems like it’s always the screen names that claim to be the voice of reason or somehow “grounded in reality” that eventually prove to everyone that they are actually completely unhinged.

  32. steelcurtainn says: Sep 29, 2013 8:26 PM

    RIP LC. You were one of the greatest steelers of all time

  33. koenig61 says: Sep 29, 2013 9:34 PM

    Maybe I’m wrong, but it think when PFT has posts like this, the thumbs down, should be removed. Maybe we should count on the decency of people not to thumbs down a persons death, but apparently the trolls that come here to PFT, don’t have decency. In my opinion, any one who thumbs down this post needs to be blocked from posting on this site. So how about it PFT? Any chance the thumbs down option can be removed when there’s a story about someone’s death ?

  34. lamontjoe says: Sep 29, 2013 9:45 PM

    RIP LC, you will be missed.

  35. recall10 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:09 PM

    I enjoyed watching this Man play. Why he not a HOF is a D_ _ _ _ Shame!!! RIP!!!

  36. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 29, 2013 11:31 PM

    Deb says: Sep 29, 2013 5:15 PM

    @realitycheckbaby …

    We realize that a troll is a troll. But doing it on a condolence post takes classless to a new low.
    =============================

    No, classy is to ignore a history of sacrificing health for rings.

    And classy is now trying to cover it up.

    Such “full lives” that you don’t mind the early deaths so you can waive the towel and spout nonsense about how great you are.

    Must make y’all proud.

    Again, condolences to him and his family.

    Didn’t have to happen.

  37. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 29, 2013 11:34 PM

    “Here are the 1970s Steelers who died of heart attacks: Ray Mansfield, 55; Steve Furness, 49; Joe Gilliam 49; Mike Webster, 50; Dave Brown, 52; Ray Oldham, 58; and Fry, 44.

    One player on the Steelers in that era told me a few year ago that needles were, “everywhere around that team.” “

  38. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 29, 2013 11:39 PM

    A 2009 investigation by ESPN into the Steelers’ history with performance-enhancing drugs found an alarming number of former players suffering from heart ailments. “Even if there is no pattern or clue linking the deaths to steroids,” wrote the article’s author, Mike Fish, “since 2000, 17 former Steelers have died before they reached the age of 59.”

    And this was 2011.

    RIP

  39. jpietrefesa says: Sep 30, 2013 3:10 AM

    R.I.P. L.C.

  40. Deb says: Sep 30, 2013 12:10 PM

    Nice try, realitycheckbaby, but it doesn’t wash.

    First, you blather the same vicious garbage on every Steelers article, so have the decency to own your troll status rather than trying to pretend you’ve suddenly developed genuine concern for the health and welfare Steelers players. You hate our team and its fans and consider nothing off-limits–including our time to mourn for a player we loved.

    Second, steroids were in common use among all teams during that era from the late ’60s through the early ’80s before they were banned by the league. The person most responsible for the ban was Lyle Alzado, who played for the Browns, Raiders, and Broncos–not the Steelers. You might be aware of this if you had a fundamental knowledge of NFL history rather than a singular desire to slam the Steelers.

    Third, as ESPN’s writer Mike Fish concluded, “there is no pattern or clue linking the deaths to steroids.” It makes a sensational story … but it has no basis in medical fact.

    Finally, most of the information you cited concerned offensive linemen and had no relevance to L.C. Greenwood’s death. As bobzilla posted, the other two members of the Steel Curtain died in a car crash and following complications from back surgery.

    You wanted to upset Steelers fans by posting something nasty about our team following the death of a great player. It was classless and you were called out on it. Stop whining all over the condolence thread. It’s not all about YOU.

  41. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:01 PM

    Deb:
    Well said.
    I wish there were a way to give you a thousand “thumps up.” One simply doesn’t seem appropriate enough.

  42. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 30, 2013 1:56 PM

    Nice try Deb but the facts don’t back you up.

    Of the players that died young from the 1970′s, the most by any team by a LARGE margin played for Pittsburgh.

    And it wasn’t just offensive line. Terry Bradshaw admitted taking them for crying out loud.

    Whether you or other Steelers fans want to admit it or not, the overwhelming evidence, INCLUDING ADMISSIONS BY THOSE PLAYERS, point to rampant steriod use by the Steelers on a level not seen in any other team.

    You go on believing it had nothing to do with the overwhelming number of tragic heart attacks, etc. by those players if you want, but if it walks like a chicken and clucks like a chicken, it’s likely a chicken.

    BTW, let’s not just look at the 1970′s. I see that early THIS YEAR your team again was caught.

    “A pharmacist will serve more than two years behind bars on charges he helped a former Pittsburgh Steelers team doctor illegally distribute anabolic steroids.”

    Again as I’ve said for some time, it’s not a coincidence that a higher level of drug testing in the NFL has coincided with the Steelers team’s demise on the field.

    Let’s just pray it’s not too late.

  43. Deb says: Sep 30, 2013 2:42 PM

    Yes, checkbaby, we know what you are and are quite aware of the troll posts you continually make on our threads connecting nonexistent dots and have no factual basis. We’re also aware that you have no more interest in the health and well-being of current Steelers players than you have in wishing genuine condolences to those who loved L.C. Greenwood. You’ve made your intentions perfectly clear. I’m just happy not to be sitting next to someone who keeps abusing these comments about praying it’s not too late. :roll:

  44. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 1, 2013 1:41 AM

    Bradshaw’s acknowledged steroid use was, in his words, to recover quickly from injuries. ESPN’s Mike Golic has repeatedly admitted taking the same course of “treatment” back when he played, which was long after Bradshaw’s career had ended. Evidently, using steroids to induce recovery time from injuries was widely accepted around the ENTIRE league…
    I cannot believe that the death of a 67-year-old former Steelers great has brought the idiots out of the woodwork to revisit a tired and stale subject that is completely irrelevant to death of LC Greenwood.

  45. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 1, 2013 9:03 AM

    BTW, 1 in 5 deaths from that era of players under age 50 were Steelers.

    One in five!

    Guess what, there were 27 teams.

    I’m “sure” it’s coincidence.

    Wave the towel.

  46. Deb says: Oct 1, 2013 3:08 PM

    Thanks, bobzilla. I’ve gone through the list of Steelers who’ve died and their causes of death, so unless he wants to invent a list, he’ll crawl back under the floorboards now with the other roaches. Of course, he may just list every Steeler who’s died and pretend steroids is the key … they way he pretends steroid use was exclusive to the Steelers and that the team’s current issues have something to do with drug testing yada yada yada. Give a guy anonymity and a keyboard and he’s happy to demonstrate his hatred of a rival team goes so far that he won’t even let them mourn the passing of a player in peace. I can’t imagine harboring that much venom over sports. Sad. Truly sad. His mother must be so proud.

  47. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 1, 2013 9:09 PM

    The numbers are startling. Of the NFL players from the 1970s and ’80s who have died since 2000, more than one in five — 16 of 77 — were Steelers.

    Seven died of heart failure: Jim Clack, 58; Ray Oldham, 54; Dave Brown, 52; Mike Webster, 50; Steve Furness, 49; Joe Gilliam, 49; and Tyrone McGriff, 41. (In 1996, four years before the steady succession of Steelers deaths, longtime center Ray Mansfield died of a heart attack at 55.)

    There is speculation that steroid abuse could have played a role…

    The former Saints coach Jim Haslett once said that the Super Bowl champion Steelers popularized steroids around the N.F.L.

    Last week, Terry Bradshaw admitted that he had used steroids as a Steeler, then tried to clarify that they weren’t really steroids as we think of them.

    One of the former Steelers who admitted taking steroids and never backtracked was Steve Courson. And now The Baltimore Sun has unearthed quite a find:

    In the months before his 2005 death, former NFL offensive lineman Steve Courson wrote a 5,000-word letter expressing disappointment that more players aren’t open about their steroid use and saying the league’s enormous popularity relies on a “myth” of its players as drug-free heroes.

  48. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 2, 2013 2:02 PM

    Ray Mansfield died during a mountain climbing expedition, which isn’t the same as “dying in your sleep.”
    Steve Courson was a steroid user. He lectured about the subject at colleges across the country. The Baltimore Sun hardly unearthed a scoop. Courson’s health problems have been well documented for years. He was on heart-transplant waiting list, before he returned himself to 100 percent health. Courson died when a tree he was chopping down fell on him.
    Ray Oldham had a brief Steelers career. He played for the Lions most of time in the NFL.
    Mike Webster used steroids, which is common knowledge, but his death allegedly resulted from head-trauma injuries, according to his family who are waiting in line for a check from the NFL.
    Joe Gilliam was addicted to street drugs, and Jim Haslett of Avalon, Pa., played for the Buffalo Bills. McGriff was never a part of a Super Bowl championship; and Steve Furness and Jim Clack were probably steroid users, although neither one them were particularly big, size wise.
    Dave Brown played only one season with the Steelers before he was drafted by Seattle in the 1976 supplemental expansion draft. He went on to have a productive career there. Hard to believe his one season with the Steelers killed him.

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