How did Kevin Greene die?

Kevin Greene

It’s always sad when someone dies especially the ones who you admire and love. In this article, we will tell you about the untimely passing of Kevin Greene.

When did he die?

The world of pro footballers received disheartening and shocking news about the death of Kevin Greene right before Christmas. The Pro Football Hall of Fame member Kevin Greene’s death was reported on 21st December 2020. However, the news didn’t tell us about the cause of his death but later his family revealed the cause of his death.

Who is Kevin Greene?

Kevin Green whose real name is Kevin Darwin Greene was born on 31st July 1962. He was an American professional football player who was defensive and outside linebacker. He has the third-most sacks in the history of the National Football League and is known as the relentless linebacker. He was also known for his strength and speed and many killed him as an attacker of quarterbacks as he used to treat the ones on his way like prays.

He played for various clubs in the National Football League from 1985 through 1999. The clubs that he played with are Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburg Steelers, Carolina Panthers, and San Francisco 49ers. He liked to play for the position of outside linebacker just to pray around the quarterbacks. He made a statement during his Hall of Fame of Pro Football in the year 2016 that somewhere he knew that he was unblockable.

Many people know him for his flowing blonde hair and being an emotional player with endless energy on the field.

Early Life

He was a native of Schenectady, New York who was born to Therman and Patricia Greene. His father Therman Greece was a retired colonel who served for 30 years in the Army. So Kevin was an army brat who began playing football on military bases. His family had to move from place to place in different places. The Greene family finally settled in Granite City, Illinois in 1976 after spending three years in Mannheim, Germany.

He joined Granite City High School and played football, basketball, and was a high jumper for the track team. In 1980, he graduated from high school and received the Granite City Sports Hall of Fame 1998.


He had a very successful career in Football and started with humble beginnings. He started his NFL career with Los Angeles Rams. He was signed by the Rams in 1985 in the fifth round of the NFL draft. He had a defensive role in the game at first. After Rams, he signed a three-year USD 5.35 million free-agent contract with the Pittsburg Steelers.

He had the “time of his life” playing for the Steelers and he decided to receive his Hall of Fame ring from the team. He wanted to focus on younger players also due to the salary cap, he decided to leave the club.
After Steelers, he signed with the Carolina Panthers and made a deal of two-year, USD 2 million. After only playing for one season with the Panthers due to a dispute with the organization, he was cut by the team. So he signed another six-year, USD 13 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers along with a USD 750 thousand signing bonus on 26th August 1997.

He retired from football and started to involve in numerous coaching internships at the NFL. He ended his journey with the Packers in 2013 just to coach high school football where his son played at Niceville High School.

Later he was hired as the outside linebackers coach by the New York Jets in January 2017. But he was not included in the new coaching staff after Adam Gase was hired in 2019.

How did he die?

As stated above his family revealed that the pro player passed away because of a heart attack. Many people were sad and shocked to hear the news about the untimely death of Kevin Greene. He died at the age of 58 at his home in Destin, Florida on the morning of 21st December 2020.

Even though he left the world, his legacy will always be remembered. The entire family, fans, and his family of the Hall of Fame of Pro Football was mourning his death.  The President as well as the CEO of Hall of Fame, David Baker made a statement expressing condolences to the family and his loved ones by saying that Kevin was a great friend and a true Hall of Famer to the family of Pro Footballers. He added by saying that even though Kevin was such a legendary NFL player, he was still a great man with a good heart.

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