Legendary linebacker Kevin Greene passed away today at age 58. Details on Greene’s death isn’t readily available.
The former Los Angeles Ram was originally drafted out Auburn University by the Rams during the 1985 NFL Draft. He immediately made an impact and remained with the team from 1985-1992. In the eight seasons with the Rams, Greene earned 375 total tackles, 72.5 sacks, 13 forced fumbles and 11 fumble recoveries.
Unfortunately, Greene moved on from the Rams after the front office failed to make a strong enough run for him. Chuck Knox also moved on to a 4-3 defensive scheme and he likely wouldn’t have been as dominant in that system. Instead, he went to Pittsburgh to be apart of the Steelers defense. He adjusted well and was a major factor to the Steelers making Super Bowl XXX. He remained with the Steelers from 1993-1995.
From there, he joined the Carolina Panthers in 1996, the San Francisco 49ers in 1997 and back to Panthers from 1998-1999. He finished with 734 total tackles, 160 sacks, 23 forced fumbles and 26 fumble recoveries.
Greene has the third most sacks in NFL history. He was a relentless force that many opposing NFL offenses feared. His impact allowed him to be inducted in the 2016 NFL Hall of Fame Class.
Greene captivated audiences even after the NFL, and made an impressive run in World Championship Wrestling. He did some coaching with the Green Bay Packers too.
We are huge fans of Greene at Rams Talk and are saddened to hear of his passing. Our hearts and condolences go out to the Greene family. For a more in-depth article on his career, feel free to read our article here.