Kevin Greene’s trip from The Plains to Canton is officially complete.
A former walk-on at Auburn University, the former Pittsburgh Steeler, Los Angeles Ram, Carolina Panther and San Francisco 49er was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday. Greene ranks third all-time in NFL history with 160 sacks, trailing only his contemporaries and fellow Hall of Fame pass rushers Bruce Smith and Reggie White.
Greene’s Hall of Fame career was consistent until the very end, as he set his career high for sacks in a single season in his penultimate season at age 36 with 15.0. He twice led the NFL in sacks, accumulating 14.0 and 14.5 sacks respectively in 1994 and 1996. The outside linebacker and defensive end also accumulated 669 tackles, forced 23 fumbles and intercepted five passes in his career that spanned from 1985 to 1999.
In 1984, Greene’s senior season at Auburn, he recorded 11 sacks and was named the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year. Greene continued to collect hardware when he joined the professional ranks, retiring as a five-time Pro Bowler and a three-time All-Pro. He was named to the NFL’s All Decade Team for the 1990s.
Greene was also notable for being a professional wrestler for WCW while he was still in the NFL until his teams mandated he no longer could. Greene won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers as their outside linebackers coach in 2011.