Kevin Greene Biography – Kevin Greene Wiki
Kevin Greene (born Kevin Darwin Greene) was an American football linebacker and defensive end. During his 15-year NFL career, he played for four teams: the Los Angeles Rams (1985-1992), Steelers (1993-1995), Carolina Panthers (1996, 1998-99), and San Francisco 49ers.
Greene, who played in 228 games, was named to the Pro Bowl five times (once with the Rams, and twice with the Steelers and Panthers). Greene was selected All-Pro in 1989 with the Rams, in 1994 with Pittsburgh and with Carolina in 1996. He is a member of the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 1990s. He played in six conference championship games and one Super Bowl, with Pittsburgh in 1995.
He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the fifth round (113th pick overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft following a college career at Auburn that began as a walk-on under Coach Pat Dye. By his senior year, he was dominant: 11 sacks and 69 tackles en route to the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year Award. He credited his daily head-to-head practices across the line against future three-time Super Bowl champion Steve Wallace and against Heisman Trophy-winning running back Bo Jackson for his development and preparing him for the pros.
A two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection, Greene finished his career with 160 sacks, which ranks third in league history behind only Bruce Smith (200) and Reggie White (198). He also had 23 forced fumbles and five interceptions.
Following his retirement after the 1999 season, Greene appeared on the pro-wrestling circuit, then entered coaching. He was on the staff of the Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers. He also coached for the New York Jets. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.
Kevin Greene Age
Kevin Greene was born on July 31, 1962, in Schenectady, New York, United States. He died on December 21, 2020, in Destin, Florida. He was 58 years old.
Kevin Greene Wife
Kevin Greene and his wife, Tara Greene.
Kevin Greene Children
Kevin Greene and his wife, Tara Greene, have a son, Gavin Greene, and a daughter, Gabrielle Greene.
Kevin Greene Family
He grew up as the son of a colonel in the U.S. Army, a decorated Vietnam veteran who was a Ranger in the 101st Airborne Division. Greene said his father instilled in him and his older brother strong, lifelong values: “Be men of honor, have integrity, be respectful, have an attitude of selfless service.”
Kevin Greene Death
Kevin Greene died at his home in Florida on December 21, 2020, at the age of 58, his family and the Pro Football Hall of Fame confirmed. Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker said in a statement: “The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Kevin Greene. 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.”
Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement: “We lost an amazing player and person this morning with the passing of Kevin Greene. His sudden death is a shock to us all as he was a close friend and teammate to so many people in the Steelers family. When Kevin came to the Steelers in 1993 he had an immediate impact. Paired with Greg Lloyd, Kevin and Greg led a defense that became known as Blitzburgh and went on to play in Super Bowl 30. Kevin’s energy and enthusiasm were inspiring for our team as well as our fans. My condolences go out to Kevin’s wife, Tara, their children and the entire Greene family in this most difficult time. They will always be members of the Steelers family and in our thoughts and prayers.”
Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement: “The Packers were saddened today to learn of Kevin Greene’s passing. He was a great coach for us and was instrumental in our team’s Super Bowl championship season. He had so much energy and passion. Our players loved playing for him. We extend our sincerest condolences to Kevin’s wife, Tara, and their entire family.”
The Rams said in a statement, “The Rams family and the NFL lost a game changer today. We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Hall of Famer Kevin Greene, who left an indelible mark on the Rams franchise with his passion for greatness and his love for teammates and coaches. He defined what it means to be a Los Angeles Ram, on and off the field, elevating everyone around him through his extraordinary leadership and commitment to serving others. Our thoughts are with the Greene family, his friends, and the countless people he inspired throughout his life.”
Kevin Greene Cause of Death
Kevin Greene’s cause of death was not revealed.
Kevin Greene Steroids
In an interview with The Washington Post in 1995, he said “he didn’t become the National Football League’s top quarterback sacker this season merely through rigorous training, clean living and eating three square meals a day.” He said: “I have found a good mixture of stuff. Fat burners. … Amino acids three or four times a day. … Four liver tablets a day. … High-protein drinks. … A natural, organic substance before the game to try to get, you know, the juices flowing.” He added: “I suppose you want me to tell you everything I’m using, right? Well, I’m not going to do it. For me to be the best, I’ve got to keep some stuff secret, okay? I’ve got to keep my edge.”
While dietary supplements have been used by athletes since ancient times, their popularity in the NFL has increased since the league began randomly testing athletes for anabolic steroid use in 1990, according to coaches and players. Anabolic steroids — a synthetic version of the male hormone testosterone — can increase muscle bulk and strength. NFL players detected using steroids are subject to a minimum four-game suspension without pay.
Kevin Greene Net Worth
Kevin Greene’s net worth was estimated to be $10 million. He earned about $22 million in total career earnings.
Kevin Greene Height
Kevin Greene was 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m).