Examining Hall of Famer Kevin Greene’s Granite City ties

GRANITE CITY, IL (KPLR) – It’s an unlikely story. When Kevin Greene played high school football for the Granite City Warriors, no one expected him to someday play in the NFL.

Greene not only went on to have a successful pro career, but he will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend in Canton, Ohio.

“Who would have thought back then that he would be an NFL Hall of Famer?” said Granite City High School Principal Daren DePew. “He dreamed what he wanted his life to be like and he’s made it that way.”

DePew said Greene’s hard work and determination paid off when he made the Auburn University football team as a walk-on.

“It was his dream to play for Auburn,” DePew said.

Greene went on to becoming one of the most successful linebackers in NFL history. Though he only spent a few years in Granite City, Greene still makes routine visits and continues to support the school.

“He’s donated items. He’s donated money. He just cares about the community,” said DePew. “We appreciate everything Kevin has done for us.”

DePew said Greene also helped raise money so the high school band could travel to Ohio for the Hall of Fame ceremonies this weekend. The band left Granite City by bus Friday morning.

Fox 2 News caught up with Greene earlier this year when he learned the Granite City High School field would be named after him.

“I think it’s kind of cool,” Greene said. “Me and my brother, we played on that grass out there, sweated on that grass.”

Greene will be back in Granite City for the dedication of that field during the school’s homecoming October 7.