Dennis Green dies from cardiac arrest at age 67

Dennis Green, who coached the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals over 13 NFL seasons, died Thursday night at the age of 67.

Dennis Green’ s first draft as coach helped turn Cardinals around Dennis Green never had a winning season with the Arizona Cardinals, but his 2004 draft class included four 10-year players, including Larry Fitzgerald.

Dennis Green, who died Thursday, played a pivotal role in giving Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy his chance to be a head coach.

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He led the Vikings to a 15-1 regular season in 1998 and ranks second in franchise history in games coached, wins and winning percentage, trailing Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant in each category.

Mike Tice, who served on Green’s staff in Minnesota and succeeded him as head coach, called Green a “great motivator of men.” Coach Green will rightly be remembered as a true innovator, leader and pioneer among football coaches,” Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said in a statement.

He was the second black head coach in the NFL’s modern era; the Vikings hired Green three years after Art Shell became the Raiders’ head coach.