If you’re a football fan and a wrestling fan of a certain age, you remember Kevin Greene. Throughout a 15 year NFL career with the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers, he collected the third most quarterback sacks in the league’s history. More than that though, Greene was a larger than life personality - popular in locker rooms & at fan meet & greets, and an always entertaining interview.
Those skills made him a perfect fit for pro wrestling, and he excelled in multiple stints with WCW in the 90s. Greene deserves a place on any list of “best celebrity wrestlers.” The NFL Hall of Famer held his own with the many wrestling Hall of Famers on Nitro during the Monday Night War era, notably working programs against the nWo in babyface alliances, first with Roddy Piper & Ric Flair, and later with Goldberg.
When the news came out yesterday (Dec. 21) that Greene was dead at age 58, many of those legends and others from around the wrestling world paid tribute.
WWE is saddened to learn that Kevin Greene passed away today at the age of 58. https://t.co/jC4jay7BM5— WWE (@WWE) December 21, 2020
We Will All Miss You! Rest In Peace Kevin!— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) December 22, 2020
So very sad to hear about the passing of Kevin Greene. An amazing NFL Hall of Famer, a great person and a friend. RIP Kevin.— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) December 21, 2020
Kevin Greene was as intense an individual as I've ever been in the ring with. Our 6 Man match w/Kevin, Naitch, & Roddy from Slamboree '97 is one of the highlights of my career. I'm honored to been a part of that with him. Very sad to learn he passed away today. #ripkevingreene pic.twitter.com/us8WldreMQ— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) December 21, 2020
#RIPKevinGreene— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) December 21, 2020
I only met Kevin Greene once, a chance meeting at Universal Studios, where we talked while watching our children play at Fievel‘s playground. He loved his time in wrestling. https://t.co/1jytAbfP2Y
the football field, in and around the wrestling ring, coaching, life, etc., etc... everything the dude did was magnetic.— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) December 22, 2020
Just an unforgettable human.
Rest easy big man. You had a HELL OF A RUN. You done good. pic.twitter.com/qzFz0Hp5C7
RIP Kevin Greene. This is a real bummer. He was a defensive force. As a lifelong @RamsNFL fan I immediately was a big fan of his larger than life personality on and off the field. It’s fitting that he later got involved in pro wrestling. God speed sir.— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) December 21, 2020
Our thoughts are with Greene’s family and friends as the cope with their loss.
Thanks for the memories on the gridiron and in the squared circle, sir. May you rest in peace.