Players, friends react to death of former Vikings coach Dennis Green
Minnesota Vikings players both past and present took to social media on Friday to remember Dennis "Denny" Green, after the NFL head coach of 13 seasons died at the age of 67.
Former Vikings Warren Moon and Robert Smith joined current players like Kyle Rudolph and Sharrif Floyd, as well as NFL luminaries like Tony Dungy, to express sympathy and share memories.
Notable themes included Green’s status as a trailblazer for African-American coaches, while Smith, who played for the Vikings from 1993-2000, delivered one of the day’s most emotional posts, praising him as a father figure.
Rest in peace Denny. I lost my mother in April, I feel like I just lost father.
— robert smith (@Robert26Smith) July 22, 2016
Sad about the passing of Coach Green, favorite coach of my NFL career & a true trailbazer for AA Coaches. Prayers to family #RIPDennisGreen
— Warren Moon (@WMoon1) July 22, 2016
Just got the news of the passing of Denny Green. He did so much for me. Was looking forward to saying thanks at HOF. Tomorrow not promised.
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) July 22, 2016
Saddened by the news of Coach Dennis Greens passing… My prayers are with his family and friends..
— Kyle Rudolph (@KyleRudolph82) July 22, 2016
Rip Coach Green 💛💜
— Sharrif Floyd (@sharriffloyd) July 22, 2016
— Greg Coleman (@gregcoleman8) July 22, 2016
I never played for him but I've heard nothing but good things from his players. #NFL lost an icon too soon in Denny Green
— Ben Leber (@nacholeber) July 22, 2016
R.I.P. Denny Green
— Christian Ponder (@cponder7) July 22, 2016
Denny Green led the @Vikings to some of most exciting seasons I can remember. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and fellow fans.
— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) July 22, 2016