Kevin Greene Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Carolina Panthers had the third person associated with the organization elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame when it was announced pass rusher Kevin Greene is a member of the 2016 class.

The NFL announced on Saturday night the eight members of the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. This group includes players like Brett Farve, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace and Kevin Greene, who played three of his 15 seasons with the Carolina PanthersCharlotte Observer's Joe Person tweeted out a picture of the former pass rusher after the announcement.

Greene came to the Panthers in 1996 and helped the team earn their first playoff berth in only the franchise's second season. After a one year stint with the San Francisco 49ers, he returned to Carolina to play the last two years of his career with the Panthers.

In the three seasons with the team he registered 41.5 sacks and led the league in sacks in 1996 with 14.5. He was named to two Pro Bowl teams with the Panthers in 1996 and 1998 and one All-Pro team selection in 1996.

He currently ranks third in league history in career sacks with 160 and is currently in no danger of losing that spot. The closest active player in this category is current Panther Jared Allen, who has 136 career sacks.

Greene now joins former Panthers' defensive end Reggie White and former executive Bill Polian as the only players to be entered into the Hall of Fame associated with the organization.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection committee met on Saturday to vote on the finalists. To be elected, the finalist would have needed to receive 80 percent of the votes from the 46-person committee.

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