Dennis Green’s hometown paid homage to the former head coach over the weekend by renaming a street in his honor.
Green, who passed away in July 2016 at the age of 67, will be forever remembered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Sue Gleiter of Penn Live wrote about the ceremony that memorialized Green at the corner of Walnut and 12th Streets, just a few yards from his childhood home. Gleiter wrote:
Cheers, claps and tears filled the intersection as family members and officials pulled a green cloth away from the corner street sign, officially unveiling Dennis Green Way. The renaming ceremony for the 1100 through 1300 blocks of Walnut Street included a launch of green balloons.
Gleiter quoted Green’s brother, Billy Green, who remains in Harrisburg.
“Anytime I come down this street from 13th Street, I’m going to see Dennis Green Way,” Billy said. “I’m going to smile, maybe laugh a bit, and maybe I’m going to have a few tears. It’s an emotional thing. That’s our baby brother, and there he is, recognized.”
Green became just the second African-American head coach in the modern NFL and third overall when he was hired as the Vikings head coach in 1992, a position he held through 2001. He won 97 regular-season games with Minnesota, which ranks second in franchise history. His teams won division titles four times and advanced to the NFC Championship Game after the 1998 and 2000 seasons.
Green later coached the Arizona Cardinals from 2004-06.
Former Vikings cornerback Robert Tate (1997-2001), who also played for Green with the Cardinals, attended the Harrisburg ceremony on Saturday.
“He’d always been there for me, not just as a player but as a son. He always taught me right from wrong.” Tate said.
According to Gleiter, the tribute for Green started in March, when city council passed a resolution honoring his life and career.