Carolina Panthers Player No. 2: Kevin Greene (DE/OLB)
Kevin Greene arrived with the Carolina Panthers just one year after they were formed. And he instantly changed the landscape of the franchise.
He had enjoyed a prolific career with the St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers before joining the exciting project in Carolina. And it did not take Greene long to completely revolutionize just how they performed on the field.
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His experience and competitive edge were there for all to see during his three-year stint with the franchise. Anyone that was fortunate enough to see Greene play will know just how much heart and soul poured into every snap. And this made him an instant fan favorite wherever he went.
Greene also has the added benefit of retiring at the right time. His final season saw the player record 12 sacks in 1999. But despite this outstanding production, he knew the time was right to let others take over the mantle.
Selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame came in 2016. Greene’s final career stats of 160 sacks, 734 combined tackles, 224 solo tackles, 23 forced fumbles, and five interceptions were just a small element of just what sort of influence he was on the defensive edge throughout his 15-year career.
His larger than life personality was also something that endeared him to fans across the country. Greene is a true legend in every sense of the word. And the impact he had in Carolina was substantial.