L.C. Greenwood, the relentless defensive end who made up one-quarter of the
The Allegheny County medical examiner's office confirmed his death but did not disclose the cause.
"L.C. was one of the most beloved Steelers during the most successful period in team history, and he will be missed by the entire organization," Chairman
L.C. Henderson Greenwood was born Sept. 8, 1946, in Canton, Miss., the oldest of nine children. He was taken in the tenth round of the 1969
The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Greenwood thrived in the postseason. He sacked
Unlike the quiet Holmes, the intimidating White and the unparalleled Greene, Greenwood was a showman. While recovering from an ankle injury during the 1973 season, Greenwood wore a pair of high-top cleats that a friend painted gold. He wore them twice — both Steelers wins — and went back to his usual cleats after the ankle healed. The Steelers lost the next game, and the gold cleats soon returned.
Knee problems forced Greenwood to retire before the 1982 season. He remained in Pittsburgh after his retirement, working as an entrepreneur and motivational speaker.
Despite support from his teammates — including Greene — Greenwood has not been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a finalist six times, the last in 2006.