Former Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green passed away Friday morning, reportedly from a cardiac arrest, at the age of 67. He coached both the Minnesota Vikings and Cardinals over 13 NFL seasons.
“All of us at the Cardinals are incredibly saddened by the news of Dennis Green’s passing,” President Michael Bidwill said in a statement. “Coach Green will rightly be remembered as a true innovator, leader and pioneer among football coaches. We express our deepest sympathy to his family and many friends.”
My heart goes out to family of my former coach Denny Green – we lost a good man way too soon!
— Kurt Warner (@kurt13warner) July 22, 2016
After spending two seasons as an analyst, Green arrived in the desert taking over in January of 2004 before being fired on New Year’s Day 2007. While Green went just 16-32 in three seasons with Arizona he is credited with drafting former Vikings’ ballboy and Cards’ legend Larry Fitzgerald, Karlos Dansby, Darnell Dockett and later Antrel Rolle.
His time here will also being remembered for his epic post-game rant after the Cardinals blew a 20-point halftime lead to the Chicago Bears in Glendale.
Green also served as the head coach of Northwestern University for four years in the early 1980’s.