On the day the Minnesota Vikings celebrate the Grand Opening of the new US Bank Stadium with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Minneapolis, the team is also mourning the death of former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals coach, Dennis Green, who passed away Thursday night (July 21, 2016). Green's father, a postal worker, and his mother, a beautician, died within two years of each other of a ruptured appendix and cancer, respectively.
Green coached the Minnesota Vikings from 1992 to 2001, making the playoffs eight times, then coached the Arizona Cardinals from 2004 to 2006.
The Vikings had a 15-1 regular season record in 1998, and went on to play in the NFC Championship game.
"Dennis Green created an outstanding environment for his players and I was privileged to spend four great years under his guidance in Minnesota", Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said in a statement.
Green resigned from NU after the 1985 season with a five-year record of 10-45 to take an assistant coaching job with the 49ers under his mentor, Bill Walsh.
But it wasn't enough against Green and the Vikings, who went on to go 10-6, winning the NFC Central with Moon at quarterback. After leaving the Niners, Green moved on to Stanford, becoming the first African American head coach on The Farm and in the Pac 12.
Green's tenure in Arizona is well-known to Chicago Bears fans for a post-game tirade during the Bears' run to the Super Bowl during the 2006 season. "We express our deepest sympathy to his family and his many friends".
Green's National Football League coaching record.
McGivern said while the public saw Green as a bold, brash, and tough talking coach, he saw a softer side. Tice is more famous for being busted running a Super Bowl ticket scalping scheme while with the Vikings than his success as their head coach.
Dennis Green was born February 17, 1949, in Harrisburg, Pa. He was a running back at the University of Iowa from 1968 to 1970 and played in the Canadian Football League before turning to coaching, beginning at the University of Dayton in 1973.
Former Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss shared some memories of former Vikings coach Dennis Green Friday on ESPN's NFL Live, and Moss remembered one Monday Night Football game during his rookie season for which Green was especially wound up.
The offense with Green was "a little more simplified, it makes a little more sense (than in 1979)", Elway said in a June 4, 1980 interview with the Stanford Daily. "And we let them off the hook".
What soured Green in his final coaching stop was nonpayment.
After the Bears returned two late fumbles and a punt for touchdowns to pull off the stunning comeback, Green pounded the lectern and yelled, "The Bears are who we thought they were!" - a line that would be replayed endlessly over the years. Was looking forward to saying thanks at HOF.