Kevin Greene‘s time spent with the Steelers was short-lived, but his legacy as an NFL player is one of the greats. The linebacker still ranks third all-time in sacks and throughout his 15-year NFL career, he was awarded the Defensive Player of the Year, five-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro.
After coming on to the scene late in college while at Auburn, he would be a huge value pick for the Los Angeles Rams in the 1985 NFL Draft. He would play his first eight NFL seasons before making his way to Pittsburgh in 1993 when he would truly hit his prime.
Greene’s three seasons with the Steelers were unforgettable. Starting with 12.5 sacks his first year, and leading the league with 14 his second. The strongest member of a defense that allowed only 3.48 yards per rush, Greene became one of the league’s best outside linebackers.
When Dick LeBeau says you’re the best at your position, you better believe it. The defensive monster could do it all whether it was stuffing the run or finding the quarterback. His time in Pittsburgh was short but so impactful that he chose to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Steelers.