Former Vikings coach Dennis Green dead at 67

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Longtime Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green has passed away at the age of 67, NFL Media's Mike Garafolo is reporting.

ESPN says Green died of cardiac arrest on Thursday night.

"Dennis passed away last night from complications of cardiac arrest," Green's family said in a statement. "His family was by his side and he fought hard."

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Green was the coach on the famous 1998 Vikings team that went 15-1 and reached the NFC championship game behind what was at the time the highest-scoring offense in NFL history. From 1992-2001 he led the Vikings to eight playoff appearances and two NFC championship games. Minnesota won 61 percent of its games under Green (97 wins, 62 losses).

He finished his coaching career in 2006 with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Vikings released the following statement:

"We are incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of former Vikings Head Coach Dennis Green. Denny made his mark in ways far beyond being an outstanding football coach. He mentored countless players and served as a father figure for the men he coached. Denny founded the Vikings Community Tuesday Program, a critical initiative that is ow implemented across the entire NFL. He took great pride in helping assistant coaches advance their careers. His tenure as one of the first African American head coaches in both college and the NFL was also transformative. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Green family."

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