Former Rams, Steelers, Panthers, and 49ers outside linebacker Kevin Greene suddenly and unexpectedly passed away today. He was 58 years old. A cause of death was not released.
Greene who currently stands in third place All-Time with 160 sacks was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016 following a terrific 15-year career.
As a child growing up, I cannot tell you how feared Greene was. When he teamed up opposite of Greg Lloyd in Pittsburgh, I did not think that there ever would be such a feared pass-rushing tandem, and to be honest with you, I’m not sure I would take another tandem ahead of those two great players.
The only consolation I take with me at this moment is that this great man was able to walk onto that Hall of Fame stage and tell everyone what he truly thought. Being inducted posthumously is something that I think the Hall of Fame should take into account when voting on players.
If you have a few moments, please take a look at some of his highlights on the internet and you will understand immediately why quarterbacks did not have longer careers back then. The new quarterback rules are in place today because of the punishment players like Kevin Greene regularly handed out.
Greene is survived by his wife Tara, his son Gavin, and his daughter Gabrielle. We here at ProSportsExtra offer our sincere condolences to the friends and family of such a great human being. Rest easy.