For Pete's Sake

Dennis Green’s epic rant showed what a competitor he was

Former NFL coach Dennis Green.
Former NFL coach Dennis Green. McClatchy

Former NFL and college football coach Dennis Green died Thursday night.

Green was a trailblazer — he was the first black head coach in Big Ten history when took the job at Northwestern.

Green was also incredibly successful — the Star-Tribune noted that he led the Vikings to the playoffs eight times, they advanced to the NFC title game twice and he finished with the second-most victories in franchise history, behind only Bud Grant.

When Green was the coach of the Arizona Cardinals, the team failed to make the playoffs, but many of the players he drafted were part of the team that appeared in Super Bowl XLIII.

Green’s time as Cardinals coach will long be remembered for his postgame news conference after a loss to the Bears. It showed what a competitor he was.

Many people shared their memories and condolences.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff