Former NFL coach Dennis Green dead at 67

Former NFL Coach Dennis Green Dies at 67

It's been a rough offseason for the NFL, as another coaching icon is gone. In the wake of losing Buddy Ryan, the NFL community is mourning the sudden and unexpected loss of former head coach Dennis Green.

Green died of cardiac arrest on Friday morning at the still relatively young age of 67.

Green's death is one of the most unexpected and hardest stories of the NFL offseason. His legacy in the NFL will speak for itself, as his influence graced two different decades in football and he was a part of some of the most memorable moments over the last 20 years.

He'll be best remembered for coaching the 1998 Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship game, or his epic rant after the Arizona Cardinals were beat by the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football in the late 2000s.

This is also another devastating loss for Minnesota as a state. Flip Saunders died before the start of the NBA season last year and prized Minnesotan Prince died unexpectedly back in April. Dennis Green may not have been from Minnesota, like Prince, but he might be as synonymous with purple and as connected to the coaching scene as Flip was.

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13 Nov 1994: Minnesota Vikings head coach Dennis Green looks on during a game against the New England Patriots at Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots won the game in overtime, 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty /Allsport
Minnesota Vikings Corey Fuller (27) and head coach Dennis Green on Dec. 27, 1997 in a first-round NFC playoff game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (Photo by Ed Nessen/Sporting News via Getty Images)
7 Oct 2001: Head coach Dennis Green of the Minnesota Vikings calls plays as his team is defeated by the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 28-15. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Ronald Martinez/ALLSPORT
TEMPE, AZ - JANUARY 9: Dennis Green is seen at a media conference after being hired by the Arizona Cardinals at the Cardinals training camp January 9, 2004 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Gary Williams/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 21: Head Coach Dennis Green of the Arizona Cardinals directs his team against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 21, 2004 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers defeated the Cardinals 35-10. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
TEMPE, AZ - 2005: Dennis Green of the Arizona Cardinals poses for his 2005 NFL headshot at photo day in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 01: Head coach Tony Dungy (R) of the Indianapolis Colts talks with head coach Dennis Green of the Arizona Cardinals before the start of the NFL game on January 1, 2006 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won 17-13 in the first game back for Dungy following the death of his son, James. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 12: Head Coach Dennis Green of the Arizona Cardinals shakes hands with a player before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 12, 2006 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green calls a play against the Chicago Bears Oct. 16, 2006 in Phoenix. The Bears won 24 - 23 on Monday Night Football and remained undefeated. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Arizona Cardinals head coach dennis Green fields questions from the media after a game between the Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on November 19, 2006. The Cardinals won 17-10. (Photo by Gene Lower/NFLPhotoLibrary)
Dennis Green head coach for the Arizona Cardinals gets a pat on the back from Marty Schottenheimer after a game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California on December 31, 2006. The Chargers won 27 to 20. (Photo by Peter Brouillet/NFLPhotoLibrary)

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