Even though he played the bulk of his NFL career with the Los Angeles Rams, Kevin Greene made the decision to have his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring ceremony with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Yes, I’ve been approached by the Ram organization to do something similar, but I think at this point it is expressly understood that I’m really gonna receive my ring there at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh,” Greene said Thursday on a conference call, according to
“Really that was the pinnacle of my career there in Pittsburgh. We had the right attitude on defense. We had great weapons all-around. I played with Hall of Famers. . . .Just really the time of my life. Once a Steeler, always a Steeler.”
That’s so great to hear as Greene only played three seasons in Pittsburgh from 1993-1995. During those three seasons he recorded 35.5 sacks in the 48 regular season games that he played in. He also was a part of the 1995 team that lost to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX.
According to Thomas, Greene reportedly said Thursday during his media conference call that “he approached the Rooney family on Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 7 in San Francisco, the day after he was selected to the Hall of Fame, about the possibility of holding the ring ceremony in Pittsburgh.”
“I told Mr. Rooney, ‘I look back on my career. I played eight seasons for the Rams, three for the Steelers, three for Panthers and one for the 49ers. Sir, to be quite honest, the time of my life were those three years I spent as a Steeler,’ ” Greene recalled Thursday, according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Even though Pro Football Hall of Famers aren’t inducted as members of a specific team, it’s really apparent that Greene mostly wants to be remembered as a member of the Steelers. Greene was originally drafted by the Rams in the fifth-round of the 1985 NFL Draft out of Auburn. He played 8 seasons in Los Angeles before signing a three-year, $5.3 million free agent contract with the Steelers in April of 1993. He ended his career with 160 total sacks after the 1999 season.
As previously reported, Greene’s Hall of Fame ring ceremony will take place during the Oct. 2 home game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field.