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'Steel Curtain' star Greenwood dies at 67

PITTSBURGH — Former Steelers star L.C. Greenwood, who won four Super Bowls as a member of the "Steel Curtain" defense, died Sunday. He was 67.

He died from natural causes at Presbyterian Hospital, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office said.

Mr. Greenwood, a defensive end, was a six-time Pro Bowl pick and a two-time All-Pro in his career (1969-81) and was on the NFL's All-Decade team for the 1970s. Famous for his gold cleats, Greenwood joined Joe Greene, Ernie Holmes and Dwight White to form the line that led the Steelers to four Super Bowl victories in six years (1975-80).

Steelers chairman Dan Rooney calls Mr. Greenwood, at right above, "one of the all-time great" Steelers.

Despite support from teammates, including Greene, Mr. Greenwood is not in the Hall of Fame. He was a finalist six times, the last time in 2006. He remained in Pittsburgh after his retirement.

Pipe problems: A collapsed pipe led to several restrooms and concession stands being closed at Ralph Wilson Stadium during the Bills' home game vs. the Ravens. The restrooms and stands spanning 22 sections reopened in the third quarter.

CHARGERS: Rookie LB Manti Te'o debuted after being out with a sprained right foot since Aug. 8. Last year's Heisman Trophy runnerup at Notre Dame had three tackles. … QB Philip Rivers' 83.3 completion percentage was the highest in NFL history for a 400-yard passing game (35-of-42, 401 yards). The previous mark was 81.8 percent (36-of-44) by the 49ers's Jeff Garcia vs. Chicago on Dec. 17, 2000.

CHIEFS: After longtime Eagles coach and current Chiefs coach Andy Reid successfully challenged a spot in the third quarter, referee Terry McAulay announced, "Philadelphia will not be charged a timeout." … Gary Barbaro, a Pro Bowl safety in the early '80s, was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.

REDSKINS: LB London Fletcher played his 244th regular-season game in a row, passing Bill Romanowski for most by a defensive player since the 1970 merger.

SEAHAWKS: DE Michael Bennett was down for several minutes in the second quarter against the Texans after his head snapped back on a play. The ex-Buc strained a muscle in his back, coach Pete Carroll said.

Number of the day I

24 Career games with at least four passing TDs for Peyton Manning, breaking the record he shared with Brett Favre

Number of the day II

7 Greg Jennings' career TD catches of 70 yards or more, two behind Jerry Rice's league record

Times wires

Thursday

Buffalo at Cleveland, 8:25

Sunday, Oct. 6

Detroit at Green Bay, 1

New Orleans at Chicago, 1

Kansas City at Tennessee, 1

Jacksonville at St. Louis, 1

New England at Cincinnati, 1

Seattle at Indianapolis, 1

Baltimore at Miami, 1

Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants, 1

Carolina at Arizona, 4:05

San Diego at Oakland, 4:25

Denver at Dallas, 4:25

Houston at San Francisco, 8:30

Open: Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington

Monday, Oct. 7

N.Y. Jets at Atlanta, 8:40

Schedule

Top five quarterbacks

Philip Rivers Chargers 401 yards 3 TD

Ben Roethlisberger Steelers 383 yards 1 TD

Matt Schaub Texans 355 yards 2 TD

Joe Flacco Ravens 347 yards 2 TD

Peyton Manning Broncos 327 yards 4 TD

Top five running backs

Frank Gore 49ers 153 yards 1 TD

Adrian Peterson Vikings 140 yards 2 TD

Reggie Bush Lions 139 yards 1 TD

Arian Foster Texans 102 yards 0 TD

Marshawn Lynch Seahawks 98 yards 1 TD

Top five receivers

Torrey Smith Ravens 166 yards 1 TD

Victor Cruz Giants 164 yards 1 TD

Antonio Gates Chargers 136 yards 1 TD

Jerome Simpson Vikings 124 yards 0 TD

Andre Johnson Texans 110 yards 0 TD

.Tonight

Dolphins at Saints

8:30, Superdome, New Orleans

TV/radio: ESPN, ESPN Deportes; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

NFL news and notes 09/29/13 [Last modified: Sunday, September 29, 2013 11:08pm]
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