On Monday, the football world mourned the sad news of legendary linebacker and Hall of Famer Kevin Greene passing away at the age of 58.
Greene was part of the Green Bay Packers’ staff as a linebackers coach from 2009 to 2014. He never won a Super Bowl as a player during his 15-year career, but did as an assistant coach when the Packers won the big game in 2011. As a linebacker himself, Clay Matthews spent years under the tutelage of Greene.
The longtime Packers linebacker posted on Twitter mourning the loss of his former coach and dear friend.
“Absolutely terrible news to hear of KG’s passing. Truly heartbreaking!” Matthews tweeted along with a broken heart emoji.
Matthews said that Greene transferred the same tenacity he had on the field as a player to his coaching career. In addition, he credited much of his NFL success to Greene’s coaching. Yet, he said Greene was much more than just a teacher to him.
The former Rams, Steelers, Panthers and 49ers linebacker used to call Matthews and his other linebacker teammates his children. Matthews said he taught the players how to be professionals in every aspect of their lives.
“I’ll miss the conversations we continued to have, but the stories of KG will live on forever. RIP Sackmaster!!” he concluded, while adding two praying hands emojis.
Kevin Greene Passes Away at the Age of 58
As news broke on Monday of Kevin Greene passing away, fans and NFL players alike shared their condolences online. As of now, the cause of the linebacker’s death is unknown.
In a statement, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Greene’s death. David Baker, the Hall of Fame’s President & CEO, called him “a personal friend and a true Hall of Famer in every sense.”
“The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Kevin Greene,” Baker said in the 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.”
Baker went on to share his thoughts and prayers for Greene’s wife, Tara, and their entire family.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Kevin’s wife, Tara, and their entire family,” Baker said. “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.”