Kevin Greene, a former Pittsburgh linebacker, died Monday at age 58.
Greene died on Monday, according to information provided by the family and the Hall of Fame, although neither source offered details about the cause that led to his death.
So far, no details of the causes of his death have been revealed.
He played for the Steelers for just three seasons, but it was enough to leave a mark on the institution. In the 1994 campaign, he led the league in the category of sacks. He finished his career with a total of 160 sacks and ranked third all-time.
Most of his career, he played for the Rams. He also wore the colors of the 49ers and retired as a player for the Panthers.
Statement from Steelers President Art Rooney II on the passing of Kevin Greene: pic.twitter.com/QkbM6gYyIk
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 21, 2020
Hall of Famer Kevin Greene has passed away at the age of 58.
We will keep his legacy in the Game alive forever at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) December 21, 2020
He participated in five Pro Bowls in his career and two All-Pro teams. In 2016 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Art Rooney II, president of the Steelers, issued a statement mourning Greene’s death.
“We lost an incredible player and person, Kevin Greene passed away this morning. His sudden death is a shock to all of us as he was a close friend and teammate of so many in the Steelers family … my condolences. To wife Tara, their children and the entire Green family in this difficult time. They will always be members of the Steelers family and will be in our thoughts and prayers. ”
Greene entered the Auburn soccer team in 1983 and led the team with 11 sacks in his senior season. The Los Angeles Rams selected Greene in the chase round of the 1985 NFL Draft, which marked his successful 15-year career. He played for five teams from 1985 to 1999 and won NFL Defensive Athlete of the Year honors in 1996 while playing for the Carolina Panthers. Greene finished his career third all-time among the NFL’s leaders in sacks. He was a 5-time Pro Bowler and a 3-time First-Team All-Pro.
Greene was inducted into the NFL’s Hall of Boom in 2016. In honor of his induction, NFL Films released software dedicated to the 2016 promotion titled “A Football Life.” During this, the late Auburn patriarch coach Pat Dye remembers the first time he saw Kevin Greene.
The announcement of Greene’s passing came as a shock to the sports world today. Fans, players, coaches, colleagues and friends took to social media to share tributes and moan about losing a slogan.