NFL legend Kevin Greene has died at the age of 58.
Greene, who dedicated his talent to 15 seasons in the NFL, was one of the most feared pass rushers of all time. He entered the NFL Hall of Fame in 2016; on Monday, the Hall of Fame announced his death.
“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.”
Coming from Auburn University, Greene piled up 160 sacks for the Rams, the Steelers, the Panthers, and the 49ers, TMZ reports, which stands as the third-highest total in league lore. He was the 5th-round pick for the Rams in the 1985 NFL draft. His career led him to five All-Pro bowl honors, two All-Pro selections, and one NFL Defensive MVP award.
Later on in his career, he also served as an outside linebackers coach for the packers and Jets.
“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,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement, reports NFL.com. “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.”
He continued, ”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.”
There are no details so far on the cause of death.