CHARLOTTE – Kevin Greene will be remembered for his long blonde hair, charisma, and the mess he wreaked for opposing quarterbacks

The Hall of Fame linebacker, considered one of the sharpest pass rushers in NFL history, died Monday This was confirmed by the family and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was 58 years old

“I saw him as a personal friend and a true Hall of Famer in every way,” said David Baker, President and CEO of the Hall of Fame, in a statement Monday. “He had the most incredible attitude I have ever met He was a great player, but on top of that he was a great man ”

A two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection, Greene finished his 15-year NFL career with 160 sacks, ranking third in league history behind Bruce Smith (200) and Reggie White (198) He also had 23 forced fiddling and five interceptions

He played for the Los Angeles Rams (1985-1992), Pittsburgh Steelers (1993-1995), Carolina Panthers (1996, 1998-99) and the San Francisco 49ers (1997) He was All-Pro in 1994 and 1996

Former Panthers general manager Bill Polian said Greene was an exceptionally dedicated person to his family, soccer player, and military profession There he acquired the rank of captain and completed training as a paratrooper in the air at Fort Benning

“He was a homemade technician and as good as anyone who has ever played the game in terms of technology,” said Polian, like Greene, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame. “And because he was too small, Grit played a tremendous role in his success ”

“I wasn’t the biggest (and) I wasn’t the fastest,” Greene once said, “But as long as you have a motor, you have a heart that will overcome all physical limitations”

“I figured out how to get through a rush,” Greene said. “I figured out how to put a guy, an offensive device three to four inches taller and 80 pounds heavier, in a position of failure, and that’s what I did ”

Dom Capers, who coached Greene in Pittsburgh and Carolina, said Greene “was so passionate about the game”

“He had an infectious personality,” said Capers. “He influenced everyone he was with. Everyone had a tremendous respect for him because he not only produced as a player, but because he was as good a player as he was even better person was ”

“We lost a great player and person this morning with the death of Kevin Greene,” said Rooney. “His sudden death comes as a shock to all of us as it is a close one to so many in the Steelers family Friend and teammate was

“When Kevin joined the Steelers in 1993, he made an immediate impact. Along with Greg Lloyd, Kevin and Greg led a defense known as the Blitzburgh and then played in Super Bowl 30. The energy and enthusiasm of Kevin inspired both ours Team as well as our fans ”

“So sad to hear the news of Kevin Greene dying,” said Steeler’s defense attorney Cam Heyward. “I’ve only had a few interactions with him, but when we talked he always spoke with great energy and passion”

“It is an honor to represent this legendary number for you and your family today I will make you proud. Prayers to Kevin Greene a Legend”

Greene had 14 or more sacks in three different seasons, including twice with the Panthers late in his career

“It was a blessing for the trainer who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to make my dreams come true as a naughty kid! I’ll always remember your statement, “There’s no substitute for kicking a man with a **” RIP KG, “tweeted Jet’s linebacker Frankie Luvu

Baker said the Hall of Fame flag is “hoisted on half the staff in Kevin’s memory”

“The Entire Family of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Mourns Kevin Greene I considered him a personal friend and a true Hall of Famer in every way. He had the most incredible can-do attitude of anyone I have ever met He was a great player, but on top of that, he was a great man

“Our thoughts and prayers go with Kevin’s wife Tara and her entire family. We will keep his legacy alive forever to inspire future generations. The Hall of Fame flag is hoisted on half of the staff in Kevin’s memory ”

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