The Pittsburgh Steelers’ L.C. Greenwood, a well-known member of the “Steel Curtain” defense that led the team to the Super Bowl four times, has died, the team announced Monday.
Greenwood, who died at age 67 at a Pittsburgh hospital from kidney failure, formed the tough defensive line along with Joe Greene, Ernie Holmes, and Dwight White that led the previously losing team to victory.
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“L.C. was one of the most beloved Steelers during the most successful period in team history, and he will be missed by the entire organization,” said Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney and Team President Art Rooney II in a statement
. “He will be forever remembered for what he meant to the Steelers both on and off the field. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.”
Greenwood was a six-time Pro Bowler and was named twice to All-Pro, The Huffington Post reported
. He played defensive line for the Steelers for 13 years and the Steel Curtain defense was thought to be the best in NFL history.
A 10th-round draft pick out of Arkansas, Greenwood’s speed pushed him into a stand-out position on the field. The Post said that even though sacks weren’t tracked during his career, Greenwood would have had 73 ½.
He retired in 1981 after suffering from knee problems, staying in the Pittsburgh area. When Holmes and White died, Greenwood told Steelers.com that it was tough to see the “Steel Curtain” cut in half.
“It’s pretty difficult to see my buddies, the guys I grew up with, pass. We were more like brothers than teammates,” he said. “It’s tough to know they’re gone. I think about these guys often. I go places and things make me reminisce about being there with them, or a conversation about it.”
Fans took to the Internet to mourn Greenwood’s passing, many mentioning what a truly “nice guy” he was.
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