Kevin Greene was an incredibly talented player in the National Football League. It’s not surprising he carried the same talent into coaching.
Greene, a Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, died on Monday at 58 years old. His on-field play for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Rams, Carolina Panthers, and San Francisco 49ers was legendary.
Yet it’s a moment in his post-playing career as an NFL assistant coach that deserves attention, too.
In Super Bowl XLV, Kevin Greene, who was an assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers, spoke with Clay Matthews at an important point of the game.
At this point, Pittsburgh just scored a touchdown and cut into the Packers’ lead at 21-17 entering the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, Matthews is shown heading over to the sidelines where Greene has a chat with him.
“Nobody’s stepping up and rallying the troops,” Greene said. “It is time. It is time.”
Clay Matthews Takes Words Of Kevin Greene To Heart
When he returns to the field, Matthews starts telling his defensive teammates where he’s going to be. In addition, he also calls out to them all just before Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger gets the snap.
Roethlisberger hands off to running back Rashard Mendenhall, but he’s tackled by Matthews and fumbles the ball. The Packers recover and go on to beat the Steelers 31-25.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was impressed by the play.
In a tweet posted by a Packers fan, take a look at Greene talking with Matthews, the fumble, and Rodgers’ response.
Greene Ranks Third In NFL All-Time Sack Total
Kevin Greene played for 15 years in the NFL totaling 160 sacks. He went to five Pro Bowls and earned All-Pro honors during his NFL career.
He started his career with the Rams and finished it with the Panthers, playing in Carolina for four seasons. His sack total ranks third in the NFL all-time behind Bruce Smith and “The Minister of Defense,” Reggie White.
Kevin Greene retired at the age of 37.