Former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green died on Friday at age 67 after suffering cardiac arrest, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Green had a brief playing career in the Canadian Football League after three years at halfback for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He then got into coaching and didn’t take long to rise through the ranks and get his first head coaching job at Northwestern at age 31, where he was named 1982 Big Ten Coach of the Year. He also coached at Stanford, taking the Cardinals to Marc Staal Jersey a rare bowl appearance before he was hired by the Vikings as head coach in 1992.
He was only the second African American head coach in the modern era NFL, after Art Shell. His 1998 Vikings squad is only one of seven NFL teams to achieve a 15-1 regular season record.
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Instead McAfee took the oft-overlooked fourth option. He decided to sing outside their front door in a hopeless attempt to be noticed. “Hello … It’s Pat” isn’t going to be blazing up the Billboard charts anytime soon, but I posit there’s more to this song than meets the eye.
Consider that he starts with “Hello” in a timbre that sounds a whole lot like Lionel Ritchie’s titular song. There’s a pause before he says “It’s the Colts” because the punter has just had a realization: He’s there to surprise folks, they have no idea he’s there — so saying “Is it me you’re looking for” would make absolutely no sense. Especially since there was literally nobody there to look for him.
This is some Grade-A song improvisation.
“We are incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of former Vikings head coach Dennis Green,” the team said in a statement. “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. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Green family.”