Hall of Famer Kevin Greene dies at 58

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the death of Kevin Greene on Monday afternoon.

Greene, who was 58, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016 after starring as a pass rusher over a 15-year NFL career.

The road to Canton started when Greene walked onto the Auburn football team and was drafted by the Rams in the fifth round of the 1985 draft. He had seven sacks in his second season, became a starter in his fourth season, and went on to compile 72.5 sacks while playing for the team through the 1992 season.

Greene signed with the Steelers as a free agent and led the league in sacks during the 1994 season. He moved on to Carolina in 1996 and led the league in sacks again while being named the NFL’s defensive player of the year, but was released after a contract dispute. Greene signed with the 49ers, posted 10.5 sacks, and then returned to Carolina for the final two years of his career.

Greene is third all-time with 160 career sacks. He was a three-time All-Pro and a member of the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 1990s. He would win a Super Bowl ring as an outside linebackers coach with the Packers and also coached with the Jets.

Our condolences go out to Greene’s family, friends, and loved ones on their loss.

63 responses to “Hall of Famer Kevin Greene dies at 58

  1. WOW!
    Very sad news anytime but a couple days before Christmas very very sad news.
    I’m sure the Steelers will honor him tonight.
    58? Damn.

  2. He left the Packers very abruptly and with little information provided. Maybe it was health related, who knows. Too bad, too young.

  3. Criminy. Had Rams season tickets when he was with the team. He played like a wild man, and was a lot of fun to watch. 58 ? Gone way too early…

  4. You never know what you put in your body when you’re younger and how it’s gonna affect you when you’re older, rest in peace

  5. When I was a kid living in Anaheim, we’d ride our bikes to the Rams practice facility and hang out to get autographs from the team. Kevin Greene was the most charismatic and fun guys of all of them and the only one I distinctly remember interacting with. RIP to a great guy and a great football player.

  6. R.I.P to a Legend. Watching Kevin Greene and Greg Lloyd meet at the quarterback are some of my favorite football memories.

  7. Sad to hear loved watching him early in his career as a member of the L.A.Rams . Always had his motor in high gear even enjoyed watching him as a steeler and panther. R.I.P.Kevin

  8. Hardcore player and a great guy by all standards. A big loss to true fans of the game but nothing compared to his family and loved ones. RIP KG.

  9. RIP. Grew up watching him paired next to Greg Lloyd — what a duo. Felt like he played for the Steelers for about a decade. This year needs to end.

  10. Wow, just when I thought 2020 couldn’t worse.

    All Packers fans remember in the Super Bowl when Kevin walked on the field and up to Clay Matthews and said: “It is time!”

    Clay then went out and caused the fumble that helped clinch the victory that night in Super Bowl XLV.✊

    Great player and great LB coach.

    Rest in heaven Kevin🙏✌

  11. Guy was fun to watch. Played the game with passion, reckless abandon and was funny. Can 2020 please end?

  12. Should’ve been enshrined sooner.

    RIP dude. You played football the way I wish I could’ve.

  13. Kevin was an intense light in the football world. Play hard, live hard. How could you not root for his determination and joy of the game? He will be greatly missed and the NFL just got a few lumens dimmer today. I am praying for his family.

  14. No! Great player and great addition to Packer coaching staff during the 2010-11 Superbowl season. RIP.

  15. The guy was a football player to the 10th power. Enjoyed watching him enjoying the game.RIP to who seems to be a genuinely good fellow.

  16. Kevin Greene was a great player, ferocious pass rusher.
    Contributed to several teams and great defenses.
    A funny and very likable personality off the field.
    I appreciated his game from afar for many years.
    Very worthy of his Hall of Fame status.

    After his playing days, Kevin was tapped by Don Capers to coach the OLBs and was instrumental in the Packers’ transition to a 3-4 defense.
    The culmination, of course, was GB’s great 2010 defense that would go on to beat his old Steelers team in Super Bowl XLV.

    Great player, short lived coaching career, and a very good man.
    God Speed!

  17. What sad and shocking news. And so close to Christmas too…Loved watching him and Greg Lloyd wreak havoc with the Steelers. RIEP and condolences to his family and friends.

  18. Oh so young,the football world will miss you. God bless your family and friends.

  19. This is terrible. He was only with Pittsburgh for such a short time but definitely one of the all time most popular players in the franchise. Quiver and Quake and RIP Mr. Greene.

  20. My big memory of the Packers SB win when Greene was the OLB coach. Critical moment of the game, Greene gets in Clay Mathew’s face telling him the time is NOW. Clay immediately makes a huge hit causing a fumble. Game changing play. Packers win.

  21. I was a huge fan of watching him. So when he showed up in WCW, I went crazy. He was a great competitor, great entertainer, and an even better man.

    I’ve never heard one bad word said about Kevin Greene. Rest in peace.

  22. So much fun to watch. One of my favorite players back in the day. Fifty Eight is far too young. My condolences to his family and friends.

  23. Wow, I’m getting old! Greene was a beast and who could forget those blonde locks flowing as he edged rushed QB’s, dismantling quite a few along the way. Never got his ring as a player. Thus, the flowing mane stayed until retirement. RIP.

  24. My family ran into him at Disney world about 5 years ago. He was sitting on a park bench and I walked up and told I hated him because I was a Browns fan and he has destroyed us so many times during his career. We had a good laugh and he was amazing especially taking extra time to talk to my son and taking a picture with him. He spent about 10 minutes talking to us. He was one great guy and my son still talks about that experience to this day. RIP Mr Greene and condolences and prayers to your whole family.

  25. Damn. As a Panthers fan he was one off the team’s first true stars leading us to the NFC title game in just the second year. RIP

  26. Prototype 3-4 outside LB. It’s very strange when people you used to play with in Tecmo Bowl start dying. Let’s you know that time flies. RIP.

  27. Definitely one of my favorites. Took too long to get him in the hall. I’m surprised he wasn’t a head coach. I hope the Steelers honor him tonight even though his stay with them was short, he personified their toughness with Lloyd.

  28. Sad news. He was a great guy and a lot of fun to watch. He and Lloyd just terrorized teams.

    Is it just me or does everyone else all remember him as a Steeler? He only played three years with them but I think that’s where he really made his mark in the NFL.

  29. I remember him in Carolina, SF, GB but I think of him as Steeler to answer the above post.

  30. At Packers training camp he was one of those that always had time for the fans. More so than the players themselves.
    If there is any silver lining, I’m happy that he at least got to live long enough to see his enshrinement unlike many legends before him.

  31. Loved watching him as a player. As a coach? That guy made Clay Matthews an outstanding player for a good few years. RIP, heaven definitely got better on defense.

  32. Why did it take the HOF 17 years to induct him when garbage players with 1/3 the number of sacks, less tackles and retired later made it into the Hall prior to him. What a joke.

  33. RIP and heart goes out to him and his family

    Greene was a stud. Every time I think of Kevin Greene, I immediately think of the long blonde hair flowing out the helmet. Coming off the edge and just wrecking QB’’s. He was a flat out stud. No hate meant to the youngsters reading but, YouTube him and learn some history. The man was raw

    RIP

  34. Larger than life figure who led by example. So sorry when he departed Green Bay. For me, Kevin Greene’s coaching will always be tied to Clay Matthews’ rise as the first dominating Packers OLB of the post-Reggie White era.

  35. We are diminished. What a loss to the Football World. Condolances to his family and all who loved him.

  36. My Autumn weekends in the early 80s used to be spent going to high school football games here in Illinois. I saw Kevin Greene play for Granite City HS many times in the Southwestern Conference. I followed him throughout his career and was extremely happy to see him elected to the HOF. RIP Kevin.

  37. I really hate to hear this. He always seemed like a genuinely friendly person in every appearance I saw him in. As great as he was at football it never seemed to go to his head.

    Sorry to see you go so soon.

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