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Packers announce Kevin Greene’s leaving coaching staff

Kevin Greene

Green Bay Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene watches against the Detroit Lions in the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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Packers assistant coach and Hall of Fame finalist Kevin Greene is leaving the team’s coaching staff, the team announced Friday.

“I am stepping away from the NFL at this time in order to spend more time with my wife, Tara, and our children, Gavin and Gabrielle,” Greene said in a statement released by the team. “I will miss coaching and will try to return after our kids move on to college if a team will have me.

“My experience here with the Green Bay Packers has been nothing but positive. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity that Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson have blessed me with. I have a peace about the productivity that I helped bring forward in all of the fine young men that have been entrusted to me these past five years. I am most proud of all their accomplishments and the fine young men they’ve become in this league.”

Greene coached with the Packers five seasons, coming in under the tutelage of his old coach Dom Capers, who has drawn criticism in recent years.

Greene still ranks third on the NFL’s all-time sack list with 160.0, more than any linebacker, and trailing only Bruce Smith and Reggie White.