L.C. Greenwood passed away Sunday from kidney failure, he was 67 years old. He was a member of the seventies Pittsburgh Steelers defense nicknamed the "Steel Curtain" and went on to win four Super Bowls with the team. Greenwood was voted to six Pro Bowls and was named to the NFL 1970's All-Decade team. Although he made the finals for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005 and 2006, Greenwood was never voted in. But in 2007 he was made a member of the Steelers All-Time team. During his professional career, he played in 170 (from 1969 to 1981) games and recorded seventy-three and a half sacks (unofficially), fourteen fumble recoveries and a safety.
Born in Canton, Mississippi and a graduate of Arkansas A.M. & N, Greenwood was drafted in the 10th Round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969. The previous year he was voted by Ebony Magazine as an All-American Defensive Lineman from the S.W.A.C. During his years with the Steelers, Greenwood made up the front four of the infamous "Steel Curtain" defense, playing along the side of notable players such as "Mean" Joe Greene, Ernie Holmes and Dwight White. The front four would be the backbone of the defense which also featured Hall of Famers Jack Lambert, Mel Blount, and Jack Ham. Greenwood and company would help Pittsburgh win four Super Bowls.
L.C. Greenwood retired after the 1981 season after being cut by the team. During his life after football, he continued to focus on his business ventures, appear in commercials and continued to contribute and give back to his community. During his playing days he wore gold shoes and earned himself the nickname "Hollywood Bags" because of his desire to act in films. L.C. Greenwood was a phenomenal player, athlete and person who's never say die attitude made him into not only an All-Pro football player but a fine individual who always gave back to the community and a world class human being. He will be missed.