Former AU star Kevin Greene finalist for Hall of Fame

Jan. 10, 2014

Kevin Greene, now a Green Bay coach, was a force at Auburn in the 1980s (AP photo)

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- Kevin Greene is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame again, and his fans are hoping the third time is a charm. 

The one-time Auburn defender from the 1980s was announced as one of 15 finalists for that select club Thursday night. The case for him: 15 years in the NFL, 160 sacks and five Pro Bowls. 

Greene, a linebacker and defensive end, led the NFL in sacks twice and had 10 or more sacks 10 times. He played for the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers. 

He's now an assistant coach at Green Bay. 

Greene arrived at Auburn as a walk-on, but left leading the SEC with 11 sacks in the 1984 season. 

The new Hall of Fame class will be announced Feb. 1 before the Super Bowl. Five players from the modern era and two from an old-timers category will be honored.

Here are the 15 modern-day finalists:

Morten Andersen 
Jerome Bettis 
Derrick Brooks 
Tim Brown 
Edward DeBartolo 
Tony Dungy 
Kevin Greene 
Charles Haley 
Marvin Harrison 
Walter Jones 
John Lynch 
Andre Reed 
Will Shields 
Michael Strahan 
Aeneas Williams

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