By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
He was known for a care-free spirit and on and off the field. Former Los Angeles Ram and NFL Hall of famer Kevin Greene has died at the age of 58. This was announced by his family and The Pro football Hall of Fame. No cause of death was given.
Greene was a fifth-round draft pick of the RAMS and spent 8 years (1985-1992) with the team, while there he accumulated (160) sacks and was third behind Bruce Smith (200) and Reggie White (198). He also had 23 forced fumbles.
“Were 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,” the RAMS said in a statement.
Greene also played with the Steelers (1993-1995), Carolina (1994, 199 and San Francisco (1998, 1999). He was ALL-PRO- 1994-1996. He was a member of the NFL All-Decade team of the 1990’s.
He finished his career with 160 sacks third behind Bruce Smith and
His trademark long Blonde hair flowed outside his helmet and was part of his energy and free flowing spirit. He could run down quarterback’s and running backs. He was a complete team player.
“We lost an amazing player and person this morning with the passing of Kevin Greene,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “His sudden death was a shock to all of us as he was a close friend and teammate to many people in the Steeler family”
His enthusiasm spread through his teammates. He was the kind of guy players love to go to battle with on the gridiron.