The Vikings and Cardinals have both released statements regarding that news that long-time NFL HC Dennis Green has passed away.
Here’s the Vikings’ statement:
“We are incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of former Vikings Head Coach Dennis Green. Denny made his mark in ways far beyond being an outstanding football coach. He mentored countless players and served as a father figure for the men he coached. Denny founded the Vikings Community Tuesday Program, a critical initiative that is now implemented across the entire NFL. He took great pride in helping assistant coaches advance their careers. His tenure as one of the first African American head coaches in both college and the NFL was also transformative. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Green family.”
Here’s the statement Cardinals president Michael Bidwill:
“All of us at the Cardinals are incredibly saddened by the news of Dennis Green’s passing. Coach Green will rightly be remembered as a true innovator, leader and pioneer among football coaches. We express our deepest sympathy to his family and his many friends.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that former Vikings and Cardinals HC Dennis Green passed away Friday morning after suffering cardiac arrest.
Green began his NFL coaching career with the 49ers in 1986 as their receivers coach. After two years in San Francisco, Green took over as Stanford’s head coach and later departed for the same job with the Vikings.
Green spent 10 years as Minnesota’s head coach before finishing out his NFL coaching career with the Cardinals.
In total, Green’s NFL coaching record was 113-94 (54.6 percent) to go along with eight playoff appearances and a 4-8 record in the postseason for the Vikings and Cardinals. He led Minnesota to two NFC Championship games, but lost both of the contests.