Dennis Green (1949 - 2016)

Dennis Green, the former head coach of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings, died July 22, 2016, of complications of cardiac arrest, according to multiple news sources. He was 67.

Green’s family also announced the death in a news release.

Green coached for 13 NFL seasons, making the playoffs eight times. His win-loss record in the NFL was 113-94.


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Green, who was born Feb. 17, 1949, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, also worked with San Francisco 49ers head coach Bill Walsh before switching to head coaching duties in college football, first at Northwestern University from 1981 to 1985, and later, after another assistant coaching stint with the 49ers, Stanford University from 1989 to 1991.

He became head coach of the Vikings in 1992, leaving after the 2001 season. Three years later, he served as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. He left NFL football after the 2006 season.

From 2009 to 2011, Green was the head coach for the United Football League’s San Francisco franchise, the California Redwoods, which later moved to another California community and became the Sacramento Mountain Lions.

In a post on Facebook, the NFL Network praised Green’s coaching skills.

“He was both talented & impactful,” the network said. “Rest in Peace.”

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