Steeler Nation, We have lost another great from the Steelers 70’s dynasty team. L.C. Greenwood famed member of the legendary “Steel Curtain” passed away September 29th 2013 of kidney failure. He was 67.
L.C. Greenwood 6-6 245 was a 10th round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers from Arkansas AM&N (now Arkansas-Pine Bluff) in 1969. He was nicknamed “Hollywood Bags” after saying he always had his bags packed for Hollywood. He was also famous for wearing his golden high tops during his NFL career.
Greenwood became the starting left defensive end in 1971 teaming up with Joe Greene, Dwight White and Dwight White,Ernie Holmes to form the “Steel Curtain” considered by many to be the greatest defensive front to ever play in the NFL.
L.C. Greenwood was a huge part of the Steel Curtain’s success as he unofficially (The NFL did not officially begin keeping track of sacks until 1982.) led the Steelers in sacks 6 times in his career . Greenwood would finish his career as the All Time Steelers sack leader with 73.5 sacks from 1969-1981. His highest single-season sack total was 11 in 1974 .
Greenwood’s 73.5 still ranks second among all time sack leaders behind only linebacker Jason Gildon who has 77.
Greenwood was known for having big performances in the biggest of games . He batted down two passes from Fran Tarkenton in Super Bowl IX, but his biggest performance may have been In Super Bowl X against the Dallas Cowboys where he sacked Roger Staubach four times. Greenwood played in all four of the Steelers Super bowl wins of the 70’s totaling 5 Super Bowl sacks.
Greenwood played in a total of 170 NFL games registered 73.5 sacks ,14 fumble recoveries and a safety. He was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the 2005 but did not get elected. He was again a finalist in 2006, but again was not elected.
L.C. Greenwood was a 4 time Super Bowl champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV), 6 time Pro Bowl selection (1973, 1974, 1975,1976, 1978, 1979), 6 time All-Conference selection (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979) 2 time First Team All-Pro selection (1974, 1975) and was named to the NFL 1970’s All-Decade Team .
L.C. Greenwood was named to the NFL Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team and the Steelers All-Time team in 2007.
Steeler Nation, it is a shame that L.C. Greenwood has not been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame an honor he definitely deserves. My only guess is it’s because so many of the greats from the 70s Super bowl teams have already been inducted.
Let’s hope the NFL rights this injustice soon.
L.C. Greenwood was a legendary NFL player , an all-time Steeler great and an even greater person. He will be missed by all but lives on in the hearts of Steeler Nation. We send our condolences out to the Greenwood family.
God Bless and Thank You L.C. Greenwood.