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Greene not focused on Hall of Fame

Jan 13, 2012 -- 10:13pm

GREEN BAY – Green Bay Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene, speaking for the first time since being named as one of the 15 finalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said Friday that he is “really honored” but is more focused on Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game against the New York Giants more than anything else.

Greene, who played 15 NFL seasons for four teams (the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers and retired as the NFL's all-time leader in sacks by a linebacker with 160, said he’s more focused on winning the Super Bowl than anything else. As a player, the closest he ever came to winning an NFL title was after the 1995 season, when his Pittsburgh Steelers lost Super Bowl XXX to the Dallas Cowboys, 27-17.

Greene had been a semifinalist three times in the previous four years before finally surviving the cut from 25 candidates to 15 this year. The Hall of Fame committee will meet in Indianapolis on Feb. 4 to decide which of the finalists will be inducted.

“I’m really honored to be on the list. I’ve been on the initial list a bunch and the (list of) 25 (four times),” Greene said. “My focus right now (is), this is my job, this is what I do. It’s an honor to be on the list but I’m really, really, really focused on what I’m doing. How about that?”

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