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Hall of Famer, and Steelers legend, Kevin Greene passes away at 58

The ferocious pass rusher who is third in the NFL in all-time sacks has died at 58.

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The football world is saddened today by the loss of a Hall of Famer. The former Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams pass rusher, Kevin Greene, has died at the age of 58.

The loss of Greene will not only be felt across the league as a former player, but also as a coach. Greene coached the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 45 as the outside linebackers coach.

“The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Kevin Greene,” Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker said in a statement. “I regarded him as a personal friend and a true Hall of Famer in every sense. He possessed the most incredible can-do attitude of anyone I ever met. He was a great player, but more than that, he was a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kevin’s wife, Tara, and their entire family. We will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration for future generations. The Hall of Fame flag will be flown at half-staff in Kevin’s memory.”

Greene, an Auburn product, was not just a prolific, larger than life, persona on the gridiron, but also off it as well. After his NFL season came to a close, he pursued a career as a professional wrestler, earning a contract with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) into the late 90s.

Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016, Green chose to be inducted as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was in Pittsburgh where he did the most damage as a member of the ‘Blitzburgh’ defense, alongside Greg Lloyd and many other household names during those mid-90s teams. In 1995 Greene was a part of the Steelers team who made it to Super Bowl XXX to play the Dallas Cowboys, only to lose.

On top of being in the Hall of Fame, Greene was also placed into the Steelers Hall of Honor in 2017.

Throughout his career, Greene put up tremendous statistics with multiple teams. Take a look at the stats which left him forever enshrined in Canton, OH.

Tackles: 773
Sacks: 160.0
Interceptions: 5
Forced fumbles: 23

The cause of death has not been made public, but on behalf of everyone here at BTSC, and Steelers Nation around the globe, we mourn the loss of Kevin Greene. He will be missed, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the Greene family as they mourn the loss of a legend.