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Former NFL coach, Hawkeyes player Dennis Green dies

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According to an ESPN report, 13-year NFL head coach Dennis Green died Thursday night at the age of 67. Green's family says he died from complications of cardiac arrest.

Green, who attained an 113-94 all-time win-loss record as head coach the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals, also suited up for the Iowa Hawkeyes during his collegiate career.

The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native was a three-year starter for Iowa at halfback from 1968-1970. He would return to Iowa City in just the second stop of his storied coaching career, serving as the team's running backs coach from 1974 through the 1976 season.

As an NFL coach, Green headed up the Vikings' success during the 90's and early 2000's. With Green at the helm, Minnesota made eight playoff appearances in 10 seasons. The dominant run included two NFC Championship Game appearances -- in 1998 and again in 2000. Green's Vikings went 15-1 in the 1998 regular season, during one of the best seasons in Minnesota franchise history.

Green would finish his pro coaching tenure with a three-year stint in Arizona, where he famously ranted to members of the media following a Monday Night Football loss to the Chicago Bears in 2006.

Green was also named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1982 while coaching the Northwestern Wildcats. At the time, he was just the second African American coach in Division 1-A history.

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