PFHOF Profile: Kevin Greene

kevin-greeneThe 1990s were a different decade in every sport as they involved some of the wildest personalities in the history of the sports world.

It was all a result of the decade and a time when more and more people were free to just be themselves.

That reflected in the sports world as more and more athletes were able to be themselves both on and off of the field.

The NFL was no different as the league was growing into the monster that it is today and in the 1990s there were personalities that carried them.

In the ‘90s the personalities were big and they showed it at every chance that they could get from TV appearances to sound bites on the field.

It is a far cry from the days today where the NFL has received the moniker “The No Fun League” as personality has kind of washed away.

Teams and the league want to control their message as much as possible and the wild guys that played in the 1990s are no longer welcome.

They are too unpredictable and too much of a potential liability because they may say something that is not PC.

The personality is almost all gone from the league but the Hall of Fame gives an opportunity to look back at the times when the NFL still had those players where you wondered just how sane they were.

A perfect example of that was Kevin Greene who always played like he was just on the edge with his long blonde hair flowing behind him.

When thinking of those classic 1990s football players who seemed to play on that edge, Greene is the poster boy.

He had that look in his eyes that said he wanted to hit the quarterback as hard as he possibly could and make sure they remember playing him.

That is the image of many linebackers in the 1990s and it made many people question just how sane many were.

The thing about Greene though was that his crazy look was less about his sanity and more about his passion.

He simply loved to play the game of football and went out in every game playing the sport that he loved.

He played with that love and you could see it in every play and on the bench as he pumped his teammates up and kept that energy going.greene

Greene also had this reckless abandon in his game as he just went wild trying anything and everything within the rules to get at the quarterback.

That attitude and style paid off in a big way as Greene was one of the first wave of rushing linebackers in the league.

For years the rush had been something for the line to do but the league was changing and in the 1990s linebackers became a bigger weapon in the now all-important pass rush.

Greene was the best of them all as he had that ability to get through the line and get to the quarterback at a rapid pace.

That ability didn’t come right away though as Greene didn’t record his first sack until his second year in Los Angeles.

In that second year he put up 7 total sacks but it was just the start of what would become a spectacular career.

He began to get to the quarterback on a more consistent basis and eventually he became one of the best rushing linebackers in the league.

When his career was finished he ranked among the top sack artists in the game alongside four other players from the 1985 draft.

To this day there is no other linebacker that has earned the same amount of sacks as Greene with a total of 160 over his career.

That number is massive and is the biggest head-scratcher when you realise that Greene has waited years to get into the Hall of Fame.

The stats were there as he still has the third most sacks in NFL history and is the top linebacker in the category.

He never did win a championship but he was always a threat and despite that he was forced to wait by the phone year after year.

Finally, he got the call and this year he takes his rightful place with players like Bruce Smith and Reggie white, the only two players above him in all-time sacks.

The wild man who had a passion that is rarely seen anymore will finally get his bust in the Canton.

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