The Pittsburgh Steelers were just leaving the team hotel in Cincinnati on Monday, getting ready for their primetime game against the Bengals, when word started to circulate on social media about the death of legendary Steelers linebacker and Pro Football Hall of Famer Kevin Greene.
Greene, who played with the Steelers from 1993-95, made an impact in Pittsburgh on the field, helping lead the team to a Super Bowl in 1995, and off, where he remained a popular figure among the fanbase.
Some of the current Steelers players took some time from their preparation for the game to express their feelings about his passing on social media.
“It’s a Honor to Represent this legendary Number today for you and your family,” defense end Stephon Tuitt, who wears Greene’s former No. 91 uniform, wrote on Instagram. “I will make y’all proud. Prayers to Kevin Greene a legend.
“So sad to hear the news of Kevin Greene passing away,” defensive lineman Cam Heyward wrote on Twitter. “I only had a couple of interactions with him but when we did talk he always spoke with great energy and passion. May he be at peace and his family stay strong.
So sad to hear the news of Kevin Greene passing away. I only had a couple of interactions with him but when we did talk he always spoke with great energy and passion. May he be at peace and his family stay strong.
— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) December 21, 2020
RIP KEVIN GREENE https://t.co/HD8B7VHo5r
— Joe Haden (@joehaden23) December 21, 2020
Some of the team’s former players expressed their feelings, as well.
RIP Kevin Greene…dang
— Ramon Foster (@RamonFoster) December 21, 2020
R.I.P. to Kevin Green. One of the greatest to ever sack a QB. Thanks for helping me as a rookie become a pro. 1LOVE! #RUSHMASTER
— Brentson Buckner (@faithbeforefame) December 21, 2020
@sackmaster91 had a huge heart and was a tremendous family man, as big as his mark on the NFL is it’s small in comparison to what he brought to so many lives, I will miss you brother
— Alan Faneca (@afan66) December 21, 2020
This is so upsetting! I always loved it when Kevin came around the Southside or Latrobe. A football player in the truest sense of the word and he was real. RIP brother! #untilwemeetagain https://t.co/tczikXM629
— Chris Hoke (@hokiebro76) December 21, 2020
Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Willie Anderson was Greene’s teammate at Auburn before facing him for over a dozen seasons in the NFL.
“I was just saying, ‘this man needs a statue at Auburn,'” Anderson wrote on Twitter.
R.I.P Kevin Green. I was just saying “ this man needs a statue at Auburn! @AuburnFootball I’m in tears man .
— Willie Anderson (@BigWillie7179) December 21, 2020