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Donnie Shell pays homage to L.C. Greenwood by wearing gold shoes during PFHOF Gold Jacket ceremony

Updated: Aug 10, 2021

(Photo via Donnie Shell's Instagram)

At the Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket ceremony last night, Donnie Shell paid tribute to his former teammate the late L.C. Greenwood, who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame as well, by wearing gold Jordan 1 shoes.

Shell posted a photo of himself wearing the gold shoes on Instagram and captioned the post, "Is it the shoes??? Special shout out to one of my former teammates and hopefully future Hall of Famer L.C. Greenwood."

During his career, Greenwood famously wore gold cleats so he would be more visible for statisticians to properly create him for tackles.

Greenwood was a six-time Pro Bowler and was named first-team All-Pro twice in his 13-year career with the Steelers. He's also a member of the NFL's 1970s All-Decade Team and Steelers All-Time Team. In addition, Greenwood is one of 22 players who won four Super Bowls with the Steelers in the 1970s.

Shell had to wait 28 years to get into the Hall, and he believes Greenwood should be right there with him in Canton.

“It would be a tremendous award for him and his family, and also for me,” Shell said during his Pro Football Hall of Fame press conference last month via Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “L.C. was very unusual. He was about 6-8, about 260, but we played a 4-3 defense and he was just as good a run-defender as a pass rusher. A lot of people don't realize that. I played on his side, the strong safety, and Jack Ham was the outside linebacker and L.C. was the defensive end. He played the run just as well as he was tremendous as a pass rusher.”

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