On Saturday night, the Carolina Panthers will have the second player enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame when Kevin Greene is inducted and join defensive end Reggie White.
Greene played three of his 15 years with the Panthers and had some of best seasons in the league, even though it was towards the end of his career. He played one season in 1996 and then joined the San Francisco 49ers for one year before returning to play with the Panthers in 1998 and 1999. He retired after the 1999 season.
In those three seasons, Greene had 41.5 sacks and led the league in sacks in 1996 with 14.5 sacks. He played a major role in not only the Panthers making this first postseason but registering their first playoff win in franchise history. He also was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1996 and 1998 and in those two seasons played for the person who will be inducting him into the Hall of Fame Saturday night, Dom Capers.
"I spent a lot of time with Kevin with both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers, and then of course the five years he coached here, Capers said. I know Kevin and his family very well. So he was obviously extremely excited. I think it's been 12 years, so you had a lot of times when he was disappointed. I couldn't be happier for him. Because Kevin, to me, represents all the things that you want in a Hall of Famer. He had a great work ethic, he had great passion, love for the game, the consistency."
The Packers' defensive coordinator was asked what he will say about Greene and he said:
"Well, I'll be talking about the things I just mentioned to you. The number one thing that stands out in my mind is his love for the game. I've seen it as a player and a coach. The passion he brought to the locker room. I remember as a head coach I came out before the game, you come out and you're always hoping you have the right things to say. I never had to worry about that because Kevin had that locker room so wired up before we took the field. The year we didn't have him, you saw a big difference. So you see the impact. To me, great players make everybody around them better, and Kevin did that. So I'm just going to feature his positive qualities. He was a guy that if you went against him on Sunday, you had to play through the whistle. Because he would out-work and out-effort guys. He'd make a lot of plays late in the down because guys wouldn't finish the play, and he would always finish the play. He made everybody around him (better). We talk about his pursuit and intensity, he brought that every week."
Be sure to check out the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony tonight at 7 PM EST on ESPN.