Kevin Greene was a finalist for the NFL’s Pro Football Hall of Fame for a fifth time this year. Saturday night, Greene finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel.
Greene and his 160 career quarterbacks sacks are headed to the NFL Hall of Fame, one of eight men to find out their fate on the eve of Super Bowl 50.
Greene joined quarterbacks Brett Favre and Ken Stabler, offensive linemen Dick Stanfel and Orlando Pace, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, coach Tony Dungy and former owner Eddie DeBartolo.
Greene collected 160 sacks during his 15-year career, the most by a linebacker and third all-time behind defensive ends Bruce Smith and Reggie White.
Greene entered the league in 1985, three years after sacks became an official statistic. He had ten seasons of double-digit sacks and 97.5 of his sacks took place after he turned 30 years old.
Greene was a fifth round pick by the Los Angeles Rams in 1985. After three years of mostly special teams duty, he finally got his chance to get more regular playing time and he took advantage.
Greene ended up playing eight seasons in Los Angeles, then spent time with Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Carolina. At age 34, he became the oldest player to lead the league in sacks with 14.5 in 1996.
Greene won a Super Bowl ring as an assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers in 2010, but ended up stepping away from coaching in 2014.