PINE BLUFF, Ark. – University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (known then as AM&N College) standout and Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Famer, L.C. Greenwood, passed away Sunday morning at the age of 67 due to natural causes. Greenwood, who played for AM&N College from 1965-1969, was an All-Pro defensive end who won four Super Bowl rings as a member of Pittsburgh Steelers famed “Steel Curtain” defense.
Retired and current campus officials remember him as a great ambassador of the Golden Lion family.
“The UAPB family is saddened by the loss of one of the all-time great football players to wear the black and gold,” said UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander. “What L.C. Greenwood has done for this university, however, transcends beyond the football field. He showed that hard work, dedication and loyalty can help anyone achieve great things in life. “We offer our heartfelt sympathies and prayers for Greenwood’s family and loved ones.”
A 10th-round draft pick in 1969, Greenwood helped make the Steelers the best franchise in the NFL in the 1970s. Greenwood found his place on a defensive line that included Mean Joe Greene, Ernie Holmes and Dwight White. Experts have named the unit one of the greatest defensive lines ever assembled.
“Greenwood was an outstanding representative of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff,” said UAPB Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Lawrence A. Davis Jr. “Not only did he distinguish himself with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he distinguished himself at AM&N during a period when we had some of our most outstanding football successes. He was among the first of our graduates to be drafted to play professional football. I was saddened to learn of his passing.”
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.
“From my years working in media relations at the conference office, to my years as an athletics director on the institutional level, the name of L.C. Greenwood has been one of the most recognizable names associated with the Southwestern Athletic Conference and with all of college and professional sports,” said UAPB Director of Athletics Lonza Hardy, Jr. “The fact that Greenwood played at UAPB has helped to bring national credibility to our athletics program here. UAPB, the SWAC, the NCAA and the NFL have lost a true American legend.”
Recognized by his signature gold hightops, Greenwood was an Ebony All-American, six-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro and a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1970s. His close friend and Head Golf Coach Carson Fields remembered his character.
“L.C. was a man of great belief and faith, one who loved his family, his friends and his university,” said Fields. “He came to AM&N College on an academic scholarship and played football well enough to be recognized. He has been a dear and trusted friend and brother for over four decades. We, the Fields family, will miss him immensely.”
UAPB Football Head Coach Monte Coleman recalled L.C. Greenwood as a man who was well-respected amongst his peers and a man who always showed great character.
“I always followed his career when he played for the Steelers. It’s an injustice that he’s not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” said Coleman. “The players at this university, through the years, have gained respect for his athletic ability and for what he really meant to this university and to AM&N. He definitely will be missed.”