Auburn football: ex-Tigers join NFL community to mourn Kevin Greene

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Former Auburn football star Kevin Greene died on Monday at the age of 58. Ex-Tigers joined the NFL community to mourn the 15-year NFL veteran.

As I traverse through my journey back from the Plains to the Capital Region in upstate, New York, a man that once made the same trek to Jordan-Hare Stadium from the 518 and former Auburn football star, Kevin Greene, was announced dead at the age of 58 on Monday afternoon.

Ex-Tigers such as Willie Anderson and Carl Lawson chimed in on the loss of a former fellow defensive stud on the Plains:

They were joined by several of their NFL contemporaries who lacked the Auburn connection, but certainly didn’t lack the love for the former First-Team All-Pro linebacker:

Greene was a mighty man who achieved plenty on the gridiron, including NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1996, five Pro Bowl rosters and a 3x First Team All-Pro. He was aspirational beyond his play too, believing a good work ethic trumps all:

"“I wasn’t the biggest [and] I wasn’t fastest,” Greene once said. “But as long as you have a motor, you have heart … that will overcome any physical limitations.”"

The Auburn family lost a great man and one of the all-time great alumni in the NFL.

RIP Kevin Greene.

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