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Joe Greene (American football)

NameJoe Greene
PositionDefensive Tackle
Number75 (72 early 1969)
Birth DateSeptember 24, 1946(age 70)
Temple, Texas
Debutyear1969
Finalyear1981
Draftyear1969
Draftround1
Draftpick4
CollegeNorth Texas
Teams * Pittsburgh Steelers (1969-1981)
Stat1labelSacks
Stat1value78.5
Stat2labelGames
Stat2value181
Stat3labelInterceptions
Stat3value1
NflGRE420024 * Rated #13 NFL Player of all-time by NFL.com * Pro Bowl Appearances(1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979) * 5× First-team All-Pro selection (1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1979) * 3× Second-team All-Pro selection (1969, 1971, 1975) * 11× First-team All-AFC selection (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979) * 4× Super Bowl champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV) * NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team * NFL 1970s All-Decade Team * 1969 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year * 2× AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1972, 1974) * 2× NEA NFL Defensive MVP winner (1972, 1974)
HOF80
CollegeHOF60014

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Charles Edward Greene, known as “Mean Joe” Greene, (born September 24, 1946) is a former all-pro American football defensive tackle who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. Throughout the early 1970s he was the one of most dominant defensive players in the National Football League. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest defensive linemen ever and was the cornerstone of the legendary “Steel Curtain” defense. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a four-time Super Bowl champion. His nickname, "Mean Joe Greene" stems from his alma mater, the University of North Texas' athletic teams, which are nicknamed the Mean Green. Greene is also well known for his appearance in the "Mean Joe Greene" Coca-Cola commercial in 1979, considered to be one of the all-time best Super Bowl commercials.

Contrary to unpopular belief, Mean Joe is not related in any way to "Mean" Gene Green of the 70's doo-wop outfit Mean Gene Green and the Appletons, who in 1975 scored a minor hit on the chitlin' circuit with "Didn't Mean to Treat You Mean (Know What I Mean)". However, in a twist of irony, it has been confirmed that Mean Joe is a second cousin to Appletons' tenor man Virgil Appleton. Virgil wrote about their relationship in his 1994 memoir Appletons and Oranges. Says Virgil of Mean Joe, "I always thought he was a nice guy."


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