Dennis Green, the NFL coach who famously led the Minnesota Vikings to a 15-1 season and two NFC Championship games, has passed away.
Green was 67 years old.
His passing was confirmed in a statement issued by Green’s family this morning:
"Dennis passed away last night from complications of cardiac arrest," the statement read.
"His family was by his side and he fought hard."
Green served as head coach of the Vikings and Arizona Cardinals for a total of 13 seasons.
Though his career ended with a disappointing tenure in Arizona, which saw the team suffer three straight losing seasons, Green remained a beloved figure amongst both players and fans.
As well known for his soft-spoken demeanor as for his strategic brilliance, Green is remembered by many for his famous "they are who we thought they were" press conference, in which he shed his calm facade and revealed the passion that his players had known for years.
Social media tributes to Green from fans and former colleagues began pouring in the moment that news of his passing was made public.
"Very sad to hear about the loss of fmr @AZCardinals coach Dennis Green – he will always be remembered as a pioneer for sport of football," wrote Senator John McCain.
"Please don’t remember him for his "rant." Remember him as leader with a rare offensive mind who dared to be great," tweeted commentator Skip Bayless.
Green is survived by his wife, Marie, and children Patti and Jeremy.