For the third year in a row, former Auburn star Kevin Greene is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Greene played 15 years in the NFL and finished with the most sacks recorded by a linebacker (160), had 10 double-digit-sack seasons (second most in NFL history) and accumulated the third-best all-time total in sacks. He played in five Pro Bowls and in a Super Bowl with the Steelers. He is a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and currently the outside linebackers coach for the Packers.
Greene was a walk-on player in 1980 despite being underweight at 202 pounds. Wanting to pursue other goals, he left and joined the National Guard. He focused on his education and attended a military police academy following three months of basic training.
Almost three years later, Greene added 30 pounds to his frame and retained his speed and quickness. The Auburn coaching staff was impressed and gave him the opportunity to play at linebacker.
In the '83 season, Greene played on a Southeastern Conference championship team. Halfway through his senior year in '84, he became a starter. His aggression and determination helped him lead the team in sacks with 11 and won the Zeke Smith Award as Auburn's Defensive Player of the Year. He was drafted by the Rams in the fifth round of the ensuing year.
Greene is one of 15 finalists and must receive 80 percent positive votes from a 46-voter panel.