London, England – Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end L.C. Greenwood, a member of the vaunted Steel Curtain defense, passed away Sunday afternoon. He was 67.
"L.C. Greenwood was one of the all-time great Steelers and one of the leaders of the legendary 'Steel Curtain' defense in the 1970s," a joint statement by Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney and President Art Rooney II said. "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. He will be forever remembered for what he meant to the Steelers both on and off the field."
A 10th-round draft pick of the Steelers in 1969, Greenwood became the team's starting left defensive end two years later. A six-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time Super Bowl champion, Greenwood ended his career with an unofficial total of 73 1/2 sacks over 170 games.
Greenwood played for the Steelers from 1969-81. One of his best games came in Super Bowl X against Dallas when he sacked Dallas' Roger Staubach four times. He was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005 and '06, and was named to the Steelers All-Time team a year later.