Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer
Lions HC Jim Caldwell coached under the late Dennis Green at Northwestern and was a player for Iowa when Green was an assistant. Green also gave Caldwell one of his early breaks in coaching.
Caldwell released this statement late Friday:
"Dennis was one of the men that had a tremendous influence on many of us. He created a great legacy of winning and without question was one of the very best motivators of our time. He was brilliant, tough minded and an outstanding leader.
"The lessons I learned from him are ones that I have utilized throughout my career and still use today. His impact on me, both as a coach and a person, is something I will forever cherish. My deepest sympathies to his wife Marie and to his children."