“Dennis passed away last night from complications of cardiac arrest. His family was by his side and he fought hard,” Green’s family said in a statement.
Green was a trailblazer in the football world as he was one of first African-American head coaches in both college and the NFL.
The Vikings also released a statement Friday afternoon:
“Denny made his mark in ways far beyond being an outstanding football coach. He mentored countless players and served as a father figure for the men he coached. Denny founded the Vikings Community Tuesday Program, a critical initiative that is now implemented across the entire NFL. He took great pride in helping assistant coaches advance their careers. His tenure as one of the first African-American head coaches in both college and the NFL was also transformative.”
NFL players whom he coached or were inspired by him took to Twitter to offer their condolences:
Many will remember Green for his tenacity and love for the game, not to mention one of the most passion-filled, post-game press conferences ever.
Rest in peace, Denny.
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