Dennis Green, who coached both the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals, died of cardiac arrest Friday morning various media sites reported including ESPN.com.
Green, who led the Vikings to a 15-1 season in 1998 which fell just short of the Super Bowl, was 67.
A pioneering collegiate coach at Stanford and Northwestern, Green became just the second African-American head coach of the modern NFL era in 1993 when he left Stanford to coach the Vikings.
Green is second all-time in Minnesota franchise history for victories and led the Vikings to the playoffs eight times in 10 seasons yet was fired by the team in 2002.
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After leaving Minnesota, Green spent two seasons with ESPN before being hired by the Cardinals.
It was in Arizona in 2006 in which Green’s most memorable off-field event took place as he went on a colorful postgame tirade known best for the line “they are who we thought they were” following a loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.
Green was fired by the Cardinals after three years and spent three seasons coaching in the now-defunct United Football League.