Former Minnesota Vikings Coach Dennis Green Dies at age 67

In all, Green made eight playoff appearances in 10 seasons with the Vikings. The Star Tribune reported that with the Vikings, Green had a 97-62 record and although the playoffs left him with a 4-8.

"All of us at the Cardinals are incredibly saddened by the news of Dennis Green's passing", Cardinals President Michael Bidwell said.

Green was considered a candidate for the Arizona State coaching position in 1992 before being hired by the Vikings.

Green's next head coaching stop was with the Arizona Cardinals, which he joined in 2004 after spending the 2002 and 2003 NFL seasons as an ESPN football analyst.

"Dennis Green created an outstanding environment for his players and I was privileged to spend four great years under his guidance in Minnesota", Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said in a statement.

Green's legacy is largely found in the National Football League - he was the head coach of some of the best Vikings teams of all time and is the author of one of the best press conference rants of all time - but Green was also an icon at Stanford. "He helped pave the way for minority coaches and recently served as a key advisor on the NFL's Career Development Advisory Panel".

After 13 National Football League seasons as a head coach, Green concluded his career in Sacramento with the Mountain Lions.

Green also coached Northwestern (1981-85) and Stanford (1989-91) before breaking through at the pro level.

Rest in peace, Dennis Green.

"He did so much for me", tweeted former coach Tony Dungy, who was a defensive coordinator under Green with the Vikings.

"After talking to Walsh, I had just heard at that time that Mike Holmgren was going to Green Bay, and I said to Walsh, 'What's the difference between Holmgren and Denny Green?' And he said, 'I think of them the same'".

The Arizona Cardinals confirmed Green's passing on Twitter.

A year after drafting that group, Green signed free-agent quarterback Kurt Warner, who eventually guided the Cardinals to their only Super Bowl. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Green family.

"Great teacher of coaches".

"Our entire football family is grateful for Coach Green's impact!" The game then went to overtime, and the Vikings, who were 15-1 in the regular season, lost.

But Green also has one other fascinating distinction: He also was the man who drafted both Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald.

Football was a salvation for Green when he grew up in blue-collar Harrisburg, Pa., the sport offering a chance of personal growth after his parents died during in his pre-teen years.

Dennis Green leaves behind his second wife, Maria, and their two children as well as two children from his previous marriage.

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