Kevin Greene was a professional football player for the NFL from 1985 to 1999. He played for the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, and San Francisco 49ers. He went on to become a coach for the Green Bay Packers from 2009 to 2013 and then, for the New York Jets from 2017 to 2018.
Greene ranked third in the all-time sack leaders and led the NFL twice in that list. He was also a three-time All-Pro. He was voted to the NFL‘s All-Decade Team in the 1990s and was also elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
The pro-football star died at the age of 58 years. The cause of the death was not announced.
What Was Kevin Greene Net Worth?
According to CelebrityNetWorth, Greene had a net worth of $9 million. He earned $250,000 per season in 1988 and 1989, and in his 1990 season, he earned an annual salary of $1 million. Greene went on to sign a three-year, $2.5 million deal, earning $833,000 per season.
Greene then signed a three-year contract in 1993 with the Pittsburgh Steelers for $5.35 million, earning $1.8 million each season. Owing to a salary cap and Steelers’ focus on younger players, he signed a two-year, $2 million deal with the Carolina Panthers in 1996. But Greene played only one season with them.
In 1997, Greene signed a six-year, $13 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers. The deal came with a $750,000 signing bonus, equating to over $2 million per season. Greene ended his pro-football career with the Panthers after being re-signed with them in 1998, earning nearly $22 million.
Kevin Greene’s Career After Retiring From Pro-Football
Greene also had a brief World Championship Wrestling career, where he debuted as Steve McMichael’s tag-team partner. But McMichael turned on him in favor of joining the Four Horsemen, and for several months, Greene was not part of the WCW. In a singles match, he returned to take revenge on McMichael, where he beat him when the latter’s ally, Jeff Jarrett, mistakenly hit McMichael with a briefcase with which Jarret wanted to hit Greene.
Greene was hired as an outside linebackers coach for the Green Bay Packers in 2009 after serving an internship in 2008. The Packers won Super Bowl XLV in 2011, the first time that Greene had ever been part of an NFL championship team. It was announced in 2014 that Greene would step away from coaching “in order to spend more time with his wife, Tara, and his children, Gavin and Gabrielle”.
Kevin Greene’s Dies At The Age Of 58 Years
Greene died on 21st December 2020 at the age of 58 years. There was no announcement on the cause of his death. “WWE is saddened to learn that Kevin Greene passed away today at the age of 58,” the WWE released a statement following the news of Greene’s death. “WWE extends its condolences to Greene’s family and friends.”
President and CEO of Hall of Fame, David Baker said in a statement, “The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Kevin Greene…he was a great player, but more than that, he was a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kevin’s wife, Tara, and their entire family”.
He is survived by his wife and their two children.