Dennis Green to Be Inducted into Vikings' Ring of Honor on Sept. 23

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2018

31 Oct 1999: Head coach Dennis Green of the Minnesota Vikings watches from the sidelines during a game against the Denver Broncos at the Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado. The Vikings defeated the Broncos 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr  /Allsport
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The Minnesota Vikings will induct Dennis Green into the team's Ring of Honor this season, according to Adam Schefter of

Green, who died in 2016 at the age of 67, spent 10 seasons as the head coach in Minnesota, going 97-62 while leading the Vikings to eight postseason appearances.

Green was fired by the Vikings with one game remaining in the 2001 season. He then coached the Arizona Cardinals for three campaigns (2004-06), going 16-32 in his brief tenure with the the team.

At the time of his hiring in 1992, he was just the second African American head coach in modern NFL history.

Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf released a statement revealing his Ring of Honor induction, via Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune:

"Dennis Green's impact on the Minnesota Vikings, and really the entire NFL, is still felt to this day. In addition to being widely regarded as one of the NFL's top coaches, Denny was also known as a great mentor and leader by all who had the fortune of being in his presence. We're extremely honored to forever memorialize Denny and his family in the Vikings Ring of Honor and we're looking forward to the induction in September."

Former Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss, meanwhile, honored his coach in 2017 following his death:

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"I really don't know why I was treated the way I was treated on draft day. But, Coach Green gave me an opportunity, man. I told him, 'Coach, you're not going to regret this.' So, you ask me what I would say to him? Man, I'd probably just fall in his arms and give him a hug. Man, it's no words that I could tell him. The man passed away without me really, really giving him my love and thanks for what he was able to do for me and my family, man. There was a lot of teams out there that passed on me for wrong reasons. Coach Green gave me that opportunity."

Green's wife, Marie Green, and his family were told of the team's decision during a surprise announcement Friday. 

"[It's] very emotional, clearly," she said, per Eric Smith of the Vikings' official website. "I'm so honored for my husband, and this is an honor that is well-deserved. I just wish he could have accepted it himself. I think that he would be very humbled."