Multiple sources are reporting this morning that longtime NFL coach Dennis Green has passed away at the age of 67 from an apparent heart attack. ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news, which has been confirmed.
Former Vikings and Cardinals coach Dennis Green died early this morning after suffering cardiac arrest, per friend Ray Anderson. He was 67.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 22, 2016
Former #Cardinals coach Dennis Green has passed away, and the NFL will be releasing a statement on his passing shortly. He was 67 years old
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 22, 2016
Green’s coaching career spanned four decades across the college and professional football. Green landed his first high profile coaching gig as head coach of Northwestern in 1982. He later became only the second African American head coach in NFL history, when the Vikings named him to the position in 1992.
As an NFL head coach, Green’s best season was with the 1998 Vikings. The team was an unstoppable offensive machine, with breakout rookie Randy Moss and NFL MVP Randall Cunningham, who was out of football prior to Green coaxing him out of retirement. The 15 – 1 Vikings lost the game to the “Dirty Bird” Falcons in overtime.
Green most memorable single moment came as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. During a press conference after the Cardinals blew a 20 point second half lead to lose to the Bears. Green went off, and uttered the immortal line, “They are who we thought they were.”
Dennis Green will be remembered as a respected coach, a people person, and a trailblazer for minority coaches in the NFL.
Today in The Herd, Colin spoke with NFL Hall of Famer Chris Carter, who played for Green in Minnesota, about how Green helped him as a player and a man.