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Steelers President Art Rooney II, and current players, respond to the death of Kevin Greene

The Steelers’ organization mourns one of their legends.

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While death is a part of life, it never gets easier. Whether it be the loss of a family member, or, in this case, a loss of a Pittsburgh Steelers legend. The end of a life is a struggle for many, and former players, and fans, of the Steelers are mourning the loss of Hall of Famer Kevin Greene.

Greene, who is considered one of the greatest free agent acquisitions in Steelers history, was a part of the legendary Blitzburgh defense which made it to the AFC Championship game in back-to-back seasons, 1994 and 1995, and beat the Indianapolis Colts in 1995 to go on and play in Super Bowl XXX.

That defense was built around energy, and no one had more than Kevin Greene. Upon his passing, at age 58, Steelers Team President Art Rooney II released a statement.

The statement reads:

“We lost an amazing player and person this morning with the passing of Kevin Greene. His sudden death is a shock to us all as he was a close friend and teammate to so many people in the Steelers family.

When Kevin came to the Steelers in 1993 he had an immediate impact. Paired with Greg Lloyd, Kevin and Greg led a defense that became known as Blitzburgh and went on to play in Super Bowl XXX. Kevin’s energy and enthusiasm were inspiring for our team as well as our fans.

My condolences go out to Kevin’s wife, Tara, their children and the entire Greene family in this most difficult time. They will always be members of the Steelers family and in our thoughts and prayers.”

The loss of Greene didn’t just hit the fan base, but also some of the current Steelers on the roster. Players like Joe Haden, Cam Heyward, and Stephon Tuitt, who wears his iconic No. 91 jersey on today’s team, took to Twitter to pay their respects.

As this news is just starting to break/sink in for many fans and former players, you can expect there to be more people taking to social media to get their thoughts and feelings out after losing a friend, teammate and loved one. We will keep this article updated as more take to social media doing just that.

In the meantime, be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes on the Pittsburgh Steelers as they prepare to play the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15 with heavy hearts.