Nov. 21, 2013
Kevin Greene is coaching 'em at Green Bay (AP photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Former Auburn linebacker — and former Auburn walk-on — Kevin Greene has made the cut, emerging on the semifinal ballot to become a member of the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.
Greene played at Auburn in 1983 and '84 and spent 15 years in the NFL, twice leading the league in sacks. He had 10 or more sacks in a season 10 times, is third all-time in sacks with 160, was a two-time Pro Bowl player and won a Super Bowl as a member of the Green Bay coaching staff.
Greene coaches outside linebackers for the Packers today.
He played for the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers.
Greene made the semifinal round of 25 modern-day nominees from an original list of 126 nominees. The 15 finalists will be announced Jan. 8. The winners will be announced Feb. 1. Fans can vote on their Hall of Fame choices here.
Greene was named Auburn's top defensive player in 1984. He had 69 tackles in his two years and led the SEC in sacks with 11 in 1984.
"What I learned under Pat Dye on the Plains lasted me 15 years, a lifetime in the NFL," Greene said recently.
Greene remembers the off-season work.
"I thought the coaches were trying to kill us," Greene said. "The coaches under Coach Dye were really, really physical. They set the tone for our overall team attitude, and the edge we played with."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine