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Kevin Greene, Hall of Fame Steelers Linebacker, Dies at 58

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Legendary Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker and Pro Football Hall of Famer Kevin Greene died on Monday at the age of 58, the team announced in a press release.

A Schenectady, New York native, Greene played three season with the Steelers from 1993-95 and appeared in Super Bowl XXX with the team. He previously played eight seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and finished his career with stints with the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers.

In his 15-year NFL career, Greene recorded 734 tackles and 160 quarterback sacks, which remains the third-most in NFL history behind only Bruce Smith and Reggie White.

When Greene joined the Steelers prior to the 1993 season, he paired with Greg Lloyd to become one of the most feared linebacker duos in the entire NFL. Known for his long hair, fearless play and an off-the-field persona that included stints in professional wrestling, Greene quickly became a fan favorite in Pittsburgh.

“We lost an amazing player and person this morning with the passing of Kevin Greene,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a press release. “His sudden death is a shock to us all, as he was a close friend and teammate to so many people in the Steelers family.

“When Kevin cam to the Steelers in 1993, he had an immediate impact. Paired with Greg Lloyd, Kevin and Greg led a defense that became known as Blitzburgh and went on to play in Super Bowl XXX. Kevin’s energy and enthusiasm were inspiring for our team as well as our fans.


“My condolences go out to Kevin’s wife, Tara, their children and the entire Greene family in this most difficult time. They will always be members of the Steelers family and in our thoughts and prayers.”

Greene was recognized five times as a participant in the Pro Bowl, was named an All-Pro three times and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1996, the second of two times he led the league in sacks. Greene is also a member of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.


After his retirement, Greene coached outside linebackers with the Green Bay Packers from 2009-13, winning a Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl XLV against the Steelers, and with the New York Jets from 2017-18. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August 2016.

“The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Kevin Greene,” Hall of Fame President & CEO David Baker said in a press release. “I regarded him as a personal friend and a true Hall of Famer in every sense. He possessed the most incredible can-do attitude of anyone I ever met. He was a great player, but more than that, he was a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kevin’s wife, Tara, and their entire family. We will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration for future generations. The Hall of Fame flag will be flown at half-staff in Kevin’s memory.”

Greene is also a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. He was originally a walk-on at Auburn University, where he played four years before being drafted in the fifth round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the Rams. While at Auburn, he completed the ROTC course and eventually earned the rank of Captain as part of the Alabama Army National Guard.

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Steelers G Alan Faneca Finalist for Hall of Fame Class of 2021

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Steelers great Alan Faneca has been named a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist for the Class of 2021.

It’s the sixth consecutive year that Faneca has been a finalist. The 15 finalists were chosen from a pool of 25 semifinalists. The final vote on the Class of 2021 will be made on the Saturday before the Super Bowl.

Faneca played guard for the Steelers from 1998-2007 after being selected by the team in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft out of LSU. Faneca was one of the most dominant offensive linemen of his era, and was chosen to participate in nine Pro Bowls and was an eight-time All-Pro. He is a member of the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team and won Super Bowl XL with the Steelers.

Faneca was among six Steelers players nominated in the class. Wide receiver Hines Ward was a semifinalist, but did not make the cut to finalist. Kicker Gary Anderson, nose tackle Casey Hampton, tight end Heath Miller and outside linebacker Joey Porter did not advance to the second round of the process, as the 130 nominees were trimmed to 25 semifinalists.

Jacksonville Jaguars tackle Tony Boselli is the only other offensive lineman nominated as a finalist.

Former Steelers scout Bill Nunn was already selected as the contributor finalist in the Class of 2021.
The Steelers have three members in the Hall of Fame Class of 2020: safeties Troy Polamalu and Donnie Shell and former head coach Bill Cowher. The enshrinement of that class has been delayed until August 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Class of 2020 will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 7, 2021, while the Class of 2021 will be celebrated on Aug. 8, 2021.

The most recent Steelers to be inducted were late linebacker Kevin Greene and defensive back and assistant coach Tony Dungy in 2016.

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Former Steelers WR Hines Ward Not Selected as Hall of Fame Finalist

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Steelers wide receiver great Hines Ward was not selected as a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021.

It’s the fifth consecutive year that Ward has been a semifinalist, but failed to make the cut as a finalist. The 15 finalists were chosen from a pool of 25 semifinalists. The final vote on the Class of 2021 will be made on the Saturday before the Super Bowl.

The Korean-born Ward won two Super Bowls with Pittsburgh and was the MVP of Super Bowl XL after his game-sealing touchdown reception. His impact as a blocker was so well-known that the NFL changed its rules to prevent blindside blocks downfield, which has come to be known as the Hines Ward Rule. Ward was named to four Pro Bowls, was a three-time All-Pro and is on the Steelers’ All-Time Team.

Ward was among six Steelers players nominated in the class. Guard Alan Faneca remains in the running. Kicker Gary Anderson, nose tackle Casey Hampton, tight end Heath Miller and outside linebacker Joey Porter did not advance to the second round of the process, as the 130 nominees were trimmed to 25 semifinalists.

Wide receivers Torry Holt of the St. Louis Rams, Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions and Reggie Wayne of the Indianapolis Colts advanced to the final round of voting.

Former Steelers scout Bill Nunn was already selected as the contributor finalist in the Class of 2021.
The Steelers have three members in the Hall of Fame Class of 2020: safeties Troy Polamalu and Donnie Shell and former head coach Bill Cowher. The enshrinement of that class has been delayed until August 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Class of 2020 will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 7, 2021, while the Class of 2021 will be celebrated on Aug. 8, 2021.

The most recent Steelers to be inducted were late linebacker Kevin Greene and defensive back and assistant coach Tony Dungy in 2016.

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Alan Faneca, Hines Ward Named Hall of Fame Class of 2021 Semifinalists

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Steelers greats Alan Faneca and Hines Ward have been named Pro Football Hall of Fame Semifinalists for the Class of 2021.

It’s the fifth straight year that both Faneca and Ward have been named at least semifinalists. The 25 semifinalists will be further narrowed to 15 finalists before the decisions on the Class of 2021 are made on the Saturday before the Super Bowl.

Faneca has been a finalist five straight times and a semifinalist six times. He played guard for the Steelers from 1998-2007 after being selected by the team in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft out of LSU. Faneca was one of the most dominant offensive linemen of his era, and was chosen to participate in nine Pro Bowls and was an eight-time All-Pro. He is a member of the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team and won Super Bowl XL with the Steelers.

Ward has not yet made it to the final round. The Korean-born Ward won two Super Bowls with Pittsburgh and was the MVP of Super Bowl XL after his game-sealing touchdown reception. His impact as a blocker was so well-known that the NFL changed its rules to prevent blindside blocks downfield, which has come to be known as the Hines Ward Rule. Ward was named to four Pro Bowls, was a three-time All-Pro and is on the Steelers’ All-Time Team.

Faneca and Ward were among six Steelers players nominated in the class. Kicker Gary Anderson, nose tackle Casey Hampton, tight end Heath Miller and outside linebacker Joey Porter did not advance to the second round of the process, as the 130 nominees were trimmed to 25 semifinalists.

The other semifinalists in the Class of 2021 are CB Eric Allen, DE Jared Allen, T Willie Anderson, CB Ronde Barber, LB Cornelius Bennett, T Tony Boselli, S LeRoy Butler, S Rodney Harrison, WR Torry Holt, WR Calvin Johnson, FS John Lynch, QB Peyton Manning, LB Clay Matthews, LB Sam Mills, DT Richard Seymour, WR Steve Tasker, RB Fred Taylor, LB Zach Thomas, WR Reggie Wayne, LB Patrick Willis, CB Charles Woodson, S Darren Woodson and DT Bryant Young.

Former Steelers scout Bill Nunn was already selected as the contributor finalist in the Class of 2021.
The Steelers have three members in the Hall of Fame Class of 2020: safeties Troy Polamalu and Donnie Shell and former head coach Bill Cowher. The enshrinement of that class has been delayed until August 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Class of 2020 will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 7, 2021, while the Class of 2021 will be celebrated on Aug. 8, 2021.

The most recent Steelers to be inducted were linebacker Kevin Greene and defensive back and assistant coach Tony Dungy in 2016.

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