Steelers’ retired defensive end L.C. Greenwood dies at 67
He was declared dead on Sunday from undisclosed causes by The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.
Greenwood went on to play win six Super Bowls and was a six time Pro Bowler and elected twice All-Pro. He was an active member of the roster until his retirement and had a major role in all six Super Bowl victories.
With Dwight White, Greenwood, Ernie Holmes and Joe Greene manning the Steel Curtain, the Steelers evolved from a losing team into a Super Bowl winner.
Chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers Dan Rooney said "L.C. was one of the most beloved Steelers during the most successful period in team history and he will be missed by the entire organization. He will forever be remembered for what he meant to the Steelers both on and off the field."
Greenwood Graduated out of Arkansas A&M (now University of Arkansas Pine-Bluff and was picked in the 10th round, 9 rounds after Greene. He proved himself to be a valuable prospect as he showed his talent in pass rushing. He was swifter than most players and would use that to his advantage to outrun other players and make his way backfield. He had 73½ sacks in his 13 years with the Steelers.
Greenwood was especially successful postseason. During the 1976 Super Bowl in which the Steelers won 21–17, he sacked the Dallas Cowboys then quarterback Roger Staubach four times.
Greenwood had a different contrast of personality compared to the other defensive linemen. He was somewhat a showoff and would like the attention. While his ankle was mending from an ankle injury sustained in the 1973 season, he started wearing gold painted high top cleats. He wore them twice and the Steelers won both times. They lost the next game when he took them off and wore them back soon to get his mojo back.
He did not get to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, although he was a six time finalist. He said he would be honored if he would be elected but not disappointed as he though the Steelers were already in the Hall of Fame. He said as Greene had made his way there, it alone spoke for the accomplishment they had made in their time.