NFL Network’s “A Football Life: Kevin Greene” will be premiered at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Friday (Dec. 16) with special screenings on Saturday (Dec. 17). The one-hour documentary produced by NFL Films tells the life story of the recently enshrined linebacker who transcended the football universe at every level of the Game.
The documentary looks at Greene’s tremendous career as a player in the NFL, but also explores various aspects of his life off the field such as his father’s Army values and how they influenced Greene’s youth, his relationship with his wife Tara who often sang the National Anthem prior to his games, and winning the Super Bowl XLV as an outside linebackers coach with the Packers in 2011. The film also features interviews from fellow Hall of Famer Brett Favre, coach Dom Capers and pro wrestler Ric Flair.
“I hated playing against him,” said Favre about Greene. “I would’ve loved to play with him. He was just relentless.”
Guests visiting the Hall of Fame this weekend will have the opportunity to view “A Football Life: Kevin Greene” with the purchase of a museum admission. The hour-long film will run continuously from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Greene, a walk-on at Auburn, was selected in the fifth-round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He quickly developed into one of the most punishing pass rushers in league history. Greene starred as a linebacker throughout his 15-season career with the Rams (1985-1992), Pittsburgh Steelers (1993-95), Carolina Panthers (1996, 1998-99), and the San Francisco 49ers (1997). He saw some action at defensive end during his tenure with the Rams.
As a rookie, Greene played primarily on special teams and his 1985 season was the only of which he did not record a sack during regular season. That quickly changed when he recorded 7 sacks the following season despite not starting a single game. During the 1988 season, Greene recorded a career-high 16.5 sacks, a sack total he repeated the following season. Also during the 1988 season, Greene earned a career single game best 4.5 sacks in a 38-16 win over the 49ers in the season finale that clinched a playoff spot for the Rams.
During his 15-season career, Greene reached double-digit sack totals ten times, a mark that put him second in the record book at the time. A five-time Pro Bowler, he was also selected first-team All-Pro in 1989 with the Rams, 1994 with the Steelers, and with the Panthers in 1996. Greene captured the league sack title twice (1994 and 1996) with 14 and 14.5 sacks respectively. He led his team in sacks 11 times during his career.
Greene is a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s. He played in six conference championships and one Super Bowl. He finished his career with 160 total sacks which ranked him third all-time at the time of retirement. Additionally, Greene has three safeties, 26 opponent fumble recoveries and five interceptions. Greene was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past August.
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