Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk lamented the loss of assistant coach Kevin Greene, saying it would be hard to replace his intensity.
The longtime NFL linebacker, who retired with the third-most sacks in NFL history (160.0) and the most of any player at his position, often coached with the same kind of passion which he played. Greene stepped down from his job, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.
“I told him, he’s like one of the last true warriors of the game,” Hawk said, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He literally gave his body to the game and played so hard and cared so much. I have the ultimate respect for him, everyone does. . . .
“It will be hard to duplicate that energy, especially before the game. The good thing is we have [inside linebackers coach] Winston Moss, who is one of the most intense guys I’ve been around. Just a little different form of intensity. But we still have him around. There are so many good coaches on the staff. Whoever they hire has big shoes to fill.”
Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels echoed Hawk’s sentiments.
“That hurts,” Daniels said. “That hurts a lot. That was a complete shock. The energy he brought every day, you thought he was going to do this for the next 1,000 years. Even after he was dead, you would have thought he’d keep doing it.”
Greene’s a finalist for the Hall of Fame voting tomorrow, so his passion for the game might be recognized at a higher level soon.