The Los Angeles Rams selected pass rusher Kevin Greene with the 113th overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft out of Auburn. Greene spent the next eight years with the Rams and while he only made one Pro Bowl in that time, he posted 16.5 sacks in both 1988 and 1989, plus two more double-digit sacks during his tenure in Los Angeles.
It was reported on Monday that Greene has died. He was 58.
“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.”
Greene played another seven NFL seasons after leaving in 1993 to pursue a 3-4 defense. He signed with the Steelers, recording 35.5 sacks in three seasons, then joined the Panthers in 1996. Greene recorded 41.5 sacks during his three seasons in Carolina, which was broken up by one season with the 49ers.
He had at least one double-digit sack campaign with all four franchises and led the NFL in sacks in 1994 and 1996. Greene was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
Man, I am heartbroken by the news that we have lost Kevin Greene. One of the greatest men I have had the honor of working with. I will always remember the passion and integrity you displayed in everything you did. Your Cobra will live on in me! RIP KG— John Kuhn (@kuhnj30) December 21, 2020