Steelers to honor Kevin Greene

The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced they are preparing to honor one of their Hall of Fame alumni this season. Former Steeler Kevin Greene, who is among the latest Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees, will be honored by the Steelers during their game on Sunday, October 2.

Kevin Greene’s Steelers career will be commemorated with a ring ceremony at half time of Pittsburgh’s nationally televised Sunday Night Football game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

While Greene did not begin or end his career with the Steelers, he had some his best years as a key member of the Steelers defense. Greene was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the fifth round of the 1985 NFL Draft. After some early growing pains, Greene eventually developed into one of the most consistent “sack” artists in league history, including back to back 16.5 sack season with LA in 1988 and 1989.

In 1993, Greene arrived in Pittsburgh as a perfect fit to Bill Cowher’s mid 1990’s Steelers teams, culminating in a Super Bowl XXX appearance.

As a member of the Steelers, Greene recorded 35.5 sacks in only three seasons. His 35.5 sacks in a three-year span are the second-most sacks in any three-year span in the illustrious history of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Ranking third all-time in NFL history with 160.0 sacks, Greene recorded double-digit sacks in a single season 10 times while leading the NFL in sacks twice (1994 and 1996). He was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s.

Before retiring from the NFL, Greene spent several seasons with the Carolina Panthers (1996, 1998-1999) and one in San Francisco with the 49ers (1997).

Despite an accumulation of statistics and individual accolades, Kevin Greene was never able to win a Super Bowl as a player. Ironically, Greene did earn a Super Bowl ring as a coach against the Steelers on the staff of the Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers.

Kevin Greene will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 6 in Canton, Ohio.

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