Dennis Green former Minnesota Vikings dies at 67

Dennis Green, former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals coach, dies at age 67

Dennis Green, a highly respected and accomplished former NFL coach, passed away at 67. Green, who coached the Minnesota Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals during his career, leaves a legacy of success and leadership in football.

Green began his coaching career in the NFL as an assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers in the late 1970s. He eventually became the Stanford Cardinal’s head coach in 1989, leading the team to a 3-7-1 record in his first season. Despite the early struggles, Green turned the program around and led them to a 9-3 record and a victory in the Gator Bowl in his final season at Stanford.

In 1992, Green was hired as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, where he would spend the next ten seasons leading the team to eight playoff appearances and two NFC Championship games. His most successful season came in 1998 when the Vikings went 15-1 in the regular season and made it to the NFC Championship game, only to fall short to the Atlanta Falcons in overtime.

After his tenure with the Vikings, Green coached the Arizona Cardinals from 2004 to 2006. Although he could not replicate the same success he had in Minnesota, Green’s impact on the Cardinals franchise was still felt as he helped lay the groundwork for future success.

Off the field, Green was known for his passion for the game and his dedication to his players. He was a trailblazer for African American coaches in the NFL and was highly respected by his peers and players alike.

“Coach Green was more than just a football coach to me; he was a mentor and a friend,” former Vikings player Cris Carter said in a statement. “He pushed me to be the best player and person I could be, and I will forever be grateful for his guidance and support.”

Dennis Green’s impact on the football world will be felt for generations. His dedication to the game, leadership skills, and ability to inspire others will be remembered fondly by all who know him. Rest in peace, Coach Green. Your legacy will live on forever.