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Steelers great L.C. Greenwood dies at 67

L.C. Greenwood

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end L.C. Greenwood stands on the sidelines during a ceremony honoring the Pittsburgh Steelers 80th anniversary team before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Ravens won 13-10. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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L.C. Greenwood, the All-Pro defensive end who won four Super Bowl rings as a member of Pittsburgh’s “Steel Curtain” defense, has died at the age of 67.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Greenwood died of natural causes at 11:56 a.m. on Sunday.

A 10th-round draft pick out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 1969, Greenwood was one of a host of talented draft picks who made the Steelers the best franchise in the NFL in the 1970s. The Steelers recognized the natural athletic talent in the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Greenwood and put him on a defensive line that also included Mean Joe Greene, Ernie Holmes and Dwight White. That was one of the greatest defensive lines ever assembled.

Greenwood may have played his finest game in Super Bowl X. Although sacks would not become an official statistic in the NFL for six more years, the play-by-play from Super Bowl X says Greenwood sacked Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach four times in that game. The official Super Bowl record for sacks in a game is three.

Greenwood was a six-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro and a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1970s.