Former NFL coach Dennis Green dies

Toby Graves
Августа 4, 2016

Former Vikings and Cardinals coach Dennis Green died early this morning after suffering cardiac arrest, per friend Ray Anderson.

"His family was by his side and he fought hard", the statement read.

Overall, Green is second to only Bud Grant, a Hall of Famer, in wins, winning percentage, and games coached. In 1998 the Vikings went 15-1 during the regular season. He is considered by many to be one of the strongest branches off the Bill Walsh coaching tree, having served as WR coach for the San Francisco 49er from 1986-1988 during Walsh's tenure. Denny was a terrific head coach and inspired his players on and off the field. His hiring sparked optimism of a rapid turnaround, but the team's best record in his three seasons was 6-10 in his first year at the helm.

Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green is shown on the sideline during an National Football League game against the Arizona Cardinals in Minneapolis.

After Green was sacked by the Vikings in 2002, he went on to coach the Arizona Cardinals for three seasons from 2004 to 2006. Green got the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game in 1998 and 2000.

Del Rio made his only Pro Bowl in 1994 which was his final full season for the Vikings before retiring after the 1995 season. He was let go by the Cardinals following that '06 season.

Green will be remembered for being one of the first head coaches in both major college football and the NFL who was African American.

Caption + In this December 28, 1992 photo, Minnesota Vikings coach reacts after being doused after a 27-7 win over the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. He drafted Larry Fitzgerald, Karlos Dansby, Darnell Dockett, Antonio Smith, and Matt Leinart.

The team started five different quarterbacks - Josh McCown, Shaun King, John Navarre, Matt Leinart and Kurt Warner - under Green.

"All of us at the Cardinals are incredibly saddened by the news of Dennis Green's passing". Buddy Ryan, who coached in Arizona from 1994 to 1995, died June 28 at the age of 85.

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