L.C. Greenwood of Pittsburgh’s NFL ‘Steel Curtain’ Dies at 67

Former Pittsburgh Steelers' Defensive Lineman L.C. Greenwood
L.C. Greenwood, former defensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is seen in this 2012 file photo. Greenwood has died. He was 67. Photographer: George Gojkovich/Getty Images

L.C. Greenwood, a former Pro Bowl defensive end who won four Super Bowl titles in the 1970s as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive line known as the “Steel Curtain,” has died. He was 67.

The Steelers didn’t disclose a cause of death yesterday in a statement.

Greenwood spent his entire National Football League career with the Steelers from 1969 through 1981, teaming with “Mean Joe” Greene, Ernie Holmes and Dwight White on a defensive line that won championships after the 1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979 seasons. Greenwood was voted to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 1970s.

“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,” a joint statement from Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney and President Art Rooney II said yesterday. “He will be forever remembered for what he meant to the Steelers both on and off the field.”

The 6-foot-6 Greenwood was selected in the 10th round of the 1969 draft out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 234 picks after the Steelers took Greene, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, at No. 4 overall.

Greenwood became a powerful pass-rusher, making the Pro Bowl six times, and had four sacks of Dallas quarterback Roger Staubach in the Steelers’ second Super Bowl victory, a 21-17 win over the Cowboys following the 1975 season.

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