When the news broke on Tuesday afternoon that NFL Hall of Famer Kevin Greene has died suddenly it sent shockwaves throughout the NFL and the sports world.
Those aftershocks were felt all the way down in Tampa Bay and hit Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and a number of his coaches particularly hard.
“He’s one of the greatest guys I’ve ever been around,” Arians said. “His energy level was off the charts all of the time. The thing I respect most about Kevin is I tried to hire him in Arizona and he did not take the job so he could coach his son in high school. That speaks volumes of who the man is. I mean, we lost a great one – a great, great guy. I can’t believe it happened.
“Bryon [Leftwich] and Larry [Foote] were all talking about it today because we all knew Kevin so well. He interned with us in Pittsburgh all the time and became a hell of a coach. The world lost a great, great human being.”
Greene spent 15 years in the NFL stalking and taking down quarterbacks at a historic rate. Stints with the Rams, Steelers, Packers, 49ers and Panthers saw Greene total 160 sacks in his career, good for third best in NFL history. He also spent time on the sidelines as a coach first with the Packers and later with the Jets.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com
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