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.
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.