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Former linebacker Kevin Greene ranks third in career sacks, with 27-1/2 more than Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor, 60 more than Hall of Famer Charles Haley and more than any linebacker in NFL history, period. Yet in his 11 years of eligibility, Greene never has been chosen to the Pro Football Hall of Fame … and, frankly, he doesn’t get it.
In fact, he’s so frustrated, disappointed and confused that he admitted he considered pulling a Harry Carson and asking the Hall to remove his name from consideration.
“I’d be lying if I said that it has never crossed my mind,” Greene said on the latest Talk of Fame Network radio broadcast. “Quite frankly, I don’t understand, more than anything — having played the same position as Lawrence Taylor, Derrick Thomas, Andrew Tippett, and playing it longer and being more productive. especially as it relates to sacks. I just scratch my head more than anything, fellas.”
Greene has a point. He had 10 seasons with double-digit sacks. He has more sacks than anyone except Bruce Smith and Reggie White. They’re in the Hall of Fame. Greene is not. He has over one-and-a-half times as many sacks as Haley, who was elected to Canton this year while Greene was not. And he has more sacks than pass rushers Chris Doleman, Michael Strahan and Claude Humphrey, all of whom were chosen to the Hall in the past four years while Greene was a finalist.
In short, it’s not hard to make a case for Kevin Greene – and he made it on this week’s broadcast.
“It’s been tough knowing that, from a sheer production standpoint, I was able to do it better, I think, with lesser opportunities than those defensive ends that you just named,” he said “I was an outside linebacker in a 3-4, so I actually had coverage responsibilities. So my rush was more limited. But, still, I think my numbers match up pretty good, even with those that rushed the passer every passing down.
”I gave it my all, and gave it my best. I knew during my career my habits were spot-on. My nutritional habits, my sleep habits, my workout habits, my practice habits, my study habits were all thoroughly thought out and planned to be the best that I could be … and my goal was simple: To be the best 3-4 outside linebacker to ever to play to game. And I did my best to achieve that.”