Dead. It is a word that is so final. Sometimes when that word is attached to a person we forget how somebody and their life was while they were alive. Sure, in the case of somebody in the sports world or another public type of career, we roll highlight reels and spit out statistics and acomplishments, but do we ever really think about what it was like during their pinnacle years and truly absorb it?
Dennis Green will go down as one of the greatest Vikings of all time. He is currently second in all major coaching catagories in franchise history, behind only Hall of Famer Bud Grant. That however doesn’t tell the whole story. For Viking fans under the age of 50, Green represents the last great era of Minnesota football. Denny’s teams made the postseason 8 out of 10 years. They went to two NFC Championship games, including the devastating loss after the 15-1 1998 season. Every season was filled with excitement and expectation. That in itself is a remarkable accomplishment or any coach. Guys like Bill Walsh, Don Shula, and Bill Belichek come to mind. Unlike them, Green was never able to get over the hump and win a championship. In fact, the only one of his teams to actually make a Super Bowl was the 2008 Arizona Cardinals(2009). He built that team, but was gone when they went under Ken Whisenhunt.
Maybe more important than all of his on field success was his lack of off field drama. Green is famous for taking a chance on Randy Moss, but never had significant off field issues with any of his players. Nor did you ever hear a player come out publicly against Green. All he did was win, and win with class. Dennis Green will never be remembered as one of the all-time greats, but he should be.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).