GREEN BAY — For Kevin Greene, the fifth time was finally the charm.
The former Packers outside linebackers coach and star pass rusher for four different teams has earned induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, being named to the class of 2016 inductees on Saturday.
This marked the fifth straight year Greene was one of 15 modern-era finalists for the Hall, but he had not passed the final vote for induction in the previous four years.
Greene ranks third on the NFL’s all-time sack list with 160, behind only Bruce Smith and Reggie White, and his 10 seasons with double-digit sacks also rank third all-time. Playing for the Rams, Steelers, Panthers and 49ers from 1985-99, Greene was a five-time Pro Bowl selection, a three-time first-team All-Pro pick, and a member of the NFL’s all-decade team of the 1990s.
Greene joined the Packers’ coaching staff in 2009, hired by defensive coordinator Dom Capers to coach the outside linebackers in Capers’ 3-4 scheme. That was the position Greene played for Capers, who was the defensive coordinator for the Steelers and head coach of the Panthers when Greene played for those teams. Greene coached for the Packers for five seasons, through 2013. He was a member of the coaching staff on the Super Bowl XLV championship team in 2010.
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