Marvin Lewis going to Hall of Fame to watch Kevin Greene's induction

CINCINNATI -- Marvin Lewis has never been to an induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He'll make it there for this one, though.

While former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre is the big-ticket inductee at this weekend's Hall of Fame celebration in Canton, Ohio, former Rams, Steelers, Panthers and 49ers linebacker Kevin Greene is another inductee who will have northeast Ohio buzzing Saturday night. As Greene's position coach for three seasons in Pittsburgh, Lewis got to know the intimidating defender well.

"Just being with Kevin all the time and just his struggle to get in and how much it meant for him to get in, I'm really excited to be able to go," Lewis said Friday.

Lewis coached linebackers in Pittsburgh from 1992-95 before serving as an assistant at Baltimore and Washington. He became the Cincinnati Bengals' head coach in 2003.

Greene, who played 15 NFL seasons, was with the Steelers from 1993-95. According to ESPN Stats & Information, he had at least 10 sacks in 10 of his 15 seasons. That's the third-most seasons with that many sacks in NFL history.

This will be Lewis' first induction ceremony after he was unable to make previous trips to see Bill Polian, Rod Woodson and Darrell Green, past Hall of Fame inductees who invited him. The Bengals coach will spend the early part of Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati leading a simulated game before boarding a private plane for Canton. He'll be back in time for Sunday's practice.