Granite City South High grad Kevin Greene has been named as one of 15 finalists on the ballot for the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
It's the fifth time in a row Greene has reached the final round of the NFL HOF voting process. He's at least been in the semifinalist round of the voting for the last 10 years. This year's class will be announced on Feb. 6, the day prior to the Super Bowl.
Greene is joined on the ballot this year by: Morten Anderson (kicker), Steve Atwater (safety), Don Coryell (coach), Terrell Davis (running back), Tony Dungy (coach), Alan Faneca (guard), Brett Favre (quarterback), Marvin Harrison (wide receiver), Joe Jacoby (tackle), Edgerrin James (running back), John Lynch (free safety), Terrell Owens (wide receiver), Orlando Pace (tackle) and Kurt Warner (quarterback).
Greene enjoyed a 15-year NFL career as a linebacker, and later a defensive end, playing for the L.A. Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers. He sits third all-time in sacks in the NFL with 160. He was also a 5-time Pro Bowler and a 3-time First-Team All-Pro player. Greene recorded 97.5 of his sacks after the age of 30.
He was an honorable mention all Southwestern Conference selection as a senior at Granite City South High and then walked on at Auburn University. He worked himself up to Defensive Player of the Year in 1984, recording 11 sacks at outside linebacker.
He was selected by the Birmingham Stallions in the 1985 USFL Draft and later that year by the Rams with 113th overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Bruce Smith and Reggie White, ahead of Greene on the all-time sacks list, are in the HOF as are Chris Doleman, Michael Strahan, John Randle and Richard Dent who all trail him on the top 10 list. Maybe this will be the year for Greene.
Greene is also a member of the Granite City Sports Hall of Fame.