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Dennis Green elected to Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor

Green died in 2016 due to complications from cardiac arrest.

Former Minnesota Vikings head coach Dennis Green will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor, the team announced Monday. 

Green induction ceremony will take place at halftime of the Vikings-Bills game at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, Sep. 23. 

"Dennis Green’s impact on the Minnesota Vikings, and really the entire NFL, is still felt to this day," team owner Mark Wilf said in a statement. "In addition to being widely regarded as one of the NFL’s top coaches, Denny was also known as a great mentor and leader by all who had the fortune of being in his presence. We’re extremely honored to forever memorialize Denny and his family in the Vikings Ring of Honor and we’re looking forward to the induction in September."

The Vikings hired Green as the fifth head coach in franchise history in 1992, and for the next 10 seasons he guided the Vikings to four division titles, eight playoff appearance and two NFC Championship games. His 101 victories are second in team history behind Bud Grant's 168. 

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Green will be the only inductee to the Ring of Honor this year and the 24th overall, joining Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, Jim Finks, Bud Grant, Paul Krause, Fred Zamberletti, Jim Marshall, Ron Yary, Korey Stringer, Mick Tingelhoff, Carl Eller, Cris Carter, Bill Brown, Jerry Burns, Randall McDaniel, Chuck Foreman, John Randle, Scott Studwell, Chris Doleman, Matt Blair, Joey Browner, Ahmad Rashad and Randy Moss.

Green died at the age of 67 due to complications from cardiac arrest on July 21, 2016. 

"It's very emotional, clearly," said Green's wife, Marie Green, who was surprised with the news on Friday. "I’m so honored for my husband, and this is an honor that is well-deserved. I just wish he could have accepted it himself."

Marie Green

Marie Green wipes tears from her face after Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf informed her that Dennis Green had been elected to the team's Ring of Honor. 

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