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Auburn alum Kevin Greene elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

In this Jan. 28, 1996, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Kevin Greene gives a thumbs up in Sun Devil Stadium before taking on the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX in Tempe, Ariz. Greene is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk, File)
In this Jan. 28, 1996, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Kevin Greene gives a thumbs up in Sun Devil Stadium before taking on the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX in Tempe, Ariz. Greene is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk, File)

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2016 Saturday night.

The eight-person class includes former Auburn linebacker Kevin Greene along with owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., coach Tony Dungy, quarterback Brett Favre, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, tackle Orlando Pace, quarterback Ken Stabler and guard Dick Stanfel.

Greene’s 15-year NFL career started in the mid-‘80s with the Los Angeles Rams. He was a five-time pro-bowler and led the league in sacks twice (1994 and 1996). He played in Super Bowl XXX with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

His 160 career sacks ranks third all-time behind Bruce Smith and Reggie White.

Greene was chosen from a group of 15 modern-day finalists. He received the required 80 percent positive vote during the selection committee meeting in San Francisco on Saturday.

The group will be formally enshrined into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 6 in Canton.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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