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- February 17, 1949
- 6' 0"
Dennis Green (born Dennis “Denny” Green on February 17, 1949 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) was a former football star and NFL coach. He is best known for coaching the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals. In 1998, Dennis masterminded an incredible season for the Vikings where they went 15-1, and set the NFL record for most points in a season (broken by the New England Patriots in 2007 and the Denver Broncos in 2013). However, despite their remarkable achievement the Vikings cruelly lost the NFC Championship game to the Atlanta Falcons 30-27 in overtime. His regular season record was 97-62 with the Vikings. Through his first six seasons from 1992, Dennis never recorded a losing record and reached the playoffs 5 times out of six. In his time as special teams coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 1979, Dennis recorded his only Super Bowl win.
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Dennis is best known for a rant during a Monday Night Football game on 2006 between his team, Arizona Cardinals. After losing a 20-point lead, the normally soft-spoken Dennis launched into a huge tirade during a post-game press conference interview.
Dennis died on July 22, 2016 of a sudden cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife, Marie and four children, Patti, Jeremy, Zach and Vanessa.