Kevin Greene, NFL Hall of Fame Linebacker, Dead at 58

by Matthew Wilson

NFL Hall of Famer Kevin Greene has passed away. The linebacker died on Monday, Dec. 21 at age 58. A cause of death hasn’t been revealed.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame confirmed his death in a statement, highlighting his career in the NFL and life.

“The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Kevin Greene,” Hall of Fame President & 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.”

Baker expressed his thoughts and prayers for Greene’s 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.”

Kevin Greene Played for 15 Years in the NFL

Kevin Greene was a legend in the NFL and played for 15 years in the league. Greene was a linebacker from 1985 to 1999 and terrified many quarterbacks over his career. The offensive line just couldn’t stop him no matter how hard they tried. Over his career, Greene had 160 sacks. He also earned the Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors during his NFL career. For instance, he went to Pro Bowl five times during his NFL career.

Greene played for several teams in the NFL including the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, and San Francisco 49ers. Greene started his career with the Rams and finished it with the Panthers. He played for that team for four seasons.

Greene retired at the age of 37. His sack tally ranks third in the NFL all-time record behind Bruce Smith and Reggie White.