Steelers Daily: L.C. Greenwood Hall Snub Yet Again
The Pro Football Hall of Fame seniors and contributors committees released their semifinalists for the Class of 2023 on Thursday, and two former Steelers, coach Buddy Parker and personnel director Art Rooney Jr., were nominated on the contributor side, but the Steelers were shut out by the seniors committee, which means another year that L.C. Greenwood will get passed over yet again.
The great Pittsburgh defensive end has been repeatedly passed over for selection, despite recent research that put his career sack total at 78. Sacks were not an official NFL stat until 1982, which hampered the enumeration of the statistical accomplishments of defensive linemen of Greenwood’s era.
“The thing about L.C., as good of a pass rushers as he was, he was a great run defender,” Hall of Fame safety Donnie Shell said last year. “I was on his side, with Jack Ham in the middle, I was on the outside and L.C. was on the inside. He played the run extremely well. He doesn’t get credit for that because he was a prolific pass rusher, but he played the run from the 4-3 defense, from the end perspective quite well.”
A starter for all four of the Steelers 1970s Super Bowl teams, Greenwood was a two-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler and part of the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team. That’s a Hall of Fame resumé to be sure, but Greenwood continues to get passed over, even after his death in 2013.
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