Former NFL head coach and Bill Walsh assistant Dennis Green has passed away due to a heart attack at the age of 67.
Former Vikings and Cardinals coach Dennis Green died early this morning after suffering cardiac arrest, per friend Ray Anderson. He was 67.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 22, 2016
Green had quite the coaching career, getting a big opportunity working with Bill Walsh. Green’s third coaching job was with Walsh at Stanford, serving as running backs coach, where which he became a disciple of the West Coast offense. When Walsh left for the San Francisco 49ers, Green joined him for a season, serving as special teams coach. Green would then return to Stanford in 1980, serving as offensive coordinator, before taking over as Northwestern head coach from 1981-1985. Green returned to the 49ers from 1986-1988 as wide receivers coach, and then became Stanford head coach from 1989-1991. He would go on to spend ten years as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, becoming the second African American head coach in modern NFL history, and three more as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.
Condolences to Green’s family on his passing.