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Encyclopedia > Joe Greene (football player)
Joe Greene
Date of birth September 24, 1946 (1946-09-24) (age 60)
Place of birth Flag of United States Temple, Texas
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 270 lb (122 kg)
Position(s) DT
College North Texas State
NFL Draft 1969 / Round 1/ Pick 4
Career highlights
Pro Bowls 10
Awards 1974 AP Defensive P.O.Y.
1974 NEA Defensive P.O.Y.
1972 AP Defensive P.O.Y.
1972 NEA Defensive P.O.Y.
1969 AP Defensive R.O.Y.
Honors NFL 75th Anniversary
All-Time Team
NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
Stats
Statistics
Team(s)
1969-1981 Pittsburgh Steelers
College Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1987

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 quickly developed into the most dominant defensive player the NFL had ever seen. He is considered by many to be the best defensive lineman to ever play the game and was the cornerstone of the famous "Steel Curtain" defense. He is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a four-time Super Bowl champion. September 24 is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Temple is a city in Bell County, Texas, United States. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... 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Halas Courage Award or the George Halas Trophy that is awarded by the National Football League) to the NFLs outstanding defensive player. ... Since 1967 The Associated Press has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL American football players: one for an offensive player and one for a defensive player. ... The National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team was chosen by a selection committee of media and league personnel in 1994. ... This is a list of all NFL players who have had outstanding performances throughout the 1970s and have been compiled onto this fantasy group. ... City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Mike Tomlin Owner Dan Rooney General manager Kevin Colbert League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933–1943; 1945–1949) Western Division (1944) American Conference (1950–1952) Eastern Conference (1953–1969) Century Division (1967–1969) American Football... 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College career

Before his NFL career, Greene had an outstanding college football career at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) (1966-1968), assisting the team to a 23-5-1 record during his 3 seasons with them. In 1984, he was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. He was also endorsed by Coca-cola and did several commercials for them becoming widely known by the public. In 2006 was voted to the East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame [1]. The University of North Texas (UNT) is located in Denton, Texas. ... College Football Hall of Fame front. ... The East-West Shrine Game is an annual post-season college football all-star game played each January since 1926. ...


Pro football career

In 1969, he was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 4th pick of the NFL draft and spent his entire career with them until his retirement in 1981. When Joe Greene was drafted, a newspaper headline asked Who's Joe Greene? The question was later answered as Greene became so good, that teams double-teamed and even triple-teamed Joe Greene throughout his entire career. City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Mike Tomlin Owner Dan Rooney General manager Kevin Colbert League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933–1943; 1945–1949) Western Division (1944) American Conference (1950–1952) Eastern Conference (1953–1969) Century Division (1967–1969) American Football... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ...


Greene quickly established himself as a dominant defensive player. He was incredibly strong, quick and intense. He had a burning desire to win which was legendary. Greene was the dominant defensive player of his generation. He was the NFL's rookie of the year in 1969, even though he played on a pathetic Steelers team that went 1-13. But that was also Chuck Noll's first year as a coach for the Steelers, and the Steeler quickly improved over the next few seasons. Greene was the leader and cornerstone of the Steel Curtain defense that won four Super Bowls in the 1970s. He was twice recognized as the NFL defensive player of the year in 1972 and 1974. He, along, with other members of the Steelers' front four (L.C. Greenwood, Dwight White and Ernie Holmes) even appeared on the cover of Time magazine. That defense held Frank Tarkenton and the Vikings offense scoreless in Super Boxl IX (the Vikings only scored on blocked punt), the only time that has occurred in Super Bowl history. It was also Greene's best championship performance, when he became the first player ever to record an interception, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in a single Super Bowl. He went to the Pro Bowl 10 times during his career. The Steel Curtain was one of the most feared American football defenses, and a big part of the Pittsburgh Steelers 1970s dynasty. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ...


Greene is also well-known for the "pinch" defense in which he line up at an angle, between the center and guard and would explode into the line taking up 2-3 blockers. He started doing this sometime in the 1974 season, and while it cut down on the number of sacks he racked up it freed up his other defensive teammaters like middle linebacker Jack Lambert to make tackles with ease.


After leading the Steelers to another Super Bowl win after the 1975 season over the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X, Greene missed the first several games of the 1976 season with a back injury. The Steelers started off the season 1-4 and looked like they would not make the playoffs. Quarterback Terry Bradshaw also got injured and was replaced by rookie Mike Kruczek. The season looked lost. But Greene and the Steelers defense carried the Steelers to nine straight wins and the playoffs. In what was probably the greatest NFL defense in the modern era, the 1976 Steelers held opponents to an average of less than 10 points per game (138 points over 14 games). During their nine-game winning streak, the Steelers defense recorded five shutouts, another modern record, and gave up a total of just 28 points (roughly 3 points per game). The defense allowed only two touchdowns over nine games.


Ten of the eleven starters on that 1976 Steelers team were players who made the Pro Bowl at least once in their career (eight starters made the Pro Bowl after the 1976 season). Middle lineback Jack Lambert had, along with Greene, become the emotional leader of the defense and over the next several years became the dominant player at his position while Greene continued to perform at an all-pro level, becoming a 5-time All-Pro (1972-74,77,79) and in 1969 receiving the first of his 10 Pro Bowl invitations.. He retired after the 1981 season after 13 years in the league.


His end stats were 181 games, 66 sacks (unofficially, as sacks were not an official statistic until 1982) and 16 fumble recoveries.


Retirement

After retiring from the NFL, Greene became an assistant coach under Steelers' head coach Chuck Noll in 1987. He spent the next 16 years as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, and Arizona Cardinals. In 2004, he was named the special assistant for player personnel for the Steelers. Charles Henry Chuck Noll (born January 5, 1932) is a former American football coach, having served as the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League from 1969 to 1991. ... City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Mike Tomlin Owner Dan Rooney General manager Kevin Colbert League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933–1943; 1945–1949) Western Division (1944) American Conference (1950–1952) Eastern Conference (1953–1969) Century Division (1967–1969) American Football... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach Cam Cameron Owner H. Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference...


Film and Television

Greene made a number of television and film appearances:

  • The Black Six (1974) as Kevin Washington
  • Horror High (1974) as the coach's buddy, a policeman
  • Lady Cocoa (1975)
  • Fighting Back: The Story of Rocky Bleier (1980TV) as a Steeler player
  • Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) as himself
  • ...All the Marbles (1981) as himself
  • The Steeler and the Pittsburgh Kid (1981TV) as himself
  • SCTV in the episdoe "Battle of the PBS Stars" as himself

Greene has also appeared in commercials, the most famous of which first aired during the television broadcast of Super Bowl XIII in which a child (Tommy Okon) gives him a Coke, prompting "Mean" Joe to smile and give the kid his game jersey. The commercial was listed as one of the top ten commercials of all time by TV Guide magazine. This ad was also adapted to other countries, including Argentina (with Diego Maradona playing Greene's role), Brazil (with Zico), Italy (with Dino Zoff) and Thailand. In 1981, "The Steeler and the Pittsburgh Kid" expanded the Coke commercial into a TV movie with Greene playing himself and the kid played by Henry Thomas, who soon after starred as Elliot in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. This advertisement was paid homage to in 2006, in a TV ad promoting asthma awareness. In the 2006 ad, a child with asthma tosses his Jerome Bettis Steelers jersey to Jerome himself, who is also an asthma sufferer. An episode of the second season of Family Guy, "Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater," featured a clip in which "Mean" Joe gives Peter not only his jersey but his other equipment as well, including his cup. This was a direct parody of the famous commercial. However, Greene's name was misspelled "Green." In the episode A Leela Of Her Own the commercial was also parodied. Smokey and the Bandit II is a film released on August 15, 1980 in the United States, January 1, 1981 in Australia, January 22, 1981 in West Germany, January 30, 1981 in Sweden, February 7, 1981 in Norway, and March 27, 1981 in Finland. ... SCTV can refer to a number of things, including the following: SCTV (Indonesia) from Surya Citra Television, headquartered in Indonesia. ... Date January 21, 1979 Stadium Miami Orange Bowl City Miami, Florida MVP Terry Bradshaw, Quarterback Favorite Steelers by 3 1/2 National anthem The Colgate Thirteen Coin toss George Halas Referee Pat Haggerty Halftime show Bob Jani Productions present Carnival Salute to Caribbean with various Caribbean bands Attendance 79,484... The wave shape (known as the dynamic ribbon device) present on all Coca-Cola cans throughout the world derives from the contour of the original Coca-Cola bottles. ... TV Guide is the name of two North American weekly magazines about television programming, one in the United States and one in Canada. ... Diego Armando Maradona (born October 30, 1960) is an Argentine former football superstar. ... Arthur Antunes Coimbra (born in March 3, 1953), better known as Zico , is a former Brazilian footballer, one of the best midfielders in the world and possibly the worlds best player in the early 80s[2] He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest... Dino Zoff after the victory of Italy at the 1982 World Cup. ... Henry Jackson Thomas, Jr. ... E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace and Peter Coyote. ... Jerome Abram Bettis, nicknamed The Bus (born February 16, 1972 in Detroit, Michigan), is a former American football halfback for the NFLs Pittsburgh Steelers. ... Family Guy is an Emmy award winning American animated television series about a nuclear family in the fictional town of Quahog (IPA or ), Rhode Island. ... Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater is an episode from the FOX animated television series Family Guy. ... Peter Löwenbräu Griffin is the protagonist in the American animated television series Family Guy. ... A jockstrap, also known as a jock or athletic supporter, is a type of mens undergarment designed for use in sports or other activities, such as during the recovery from a vasectomy, although some men just like to wear them. ...


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Preceded by
Roger Staubach
Walter Payton Man of the Year Award
1979
Succeeded by
Harold Carmichael
AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award winners
1971: A. Page1972: J. Greene1973: D. Anderson1974: J. Greene1975: M. Blount1976: J. Lambert1977: H. Martin1978: Ra. White/R. Gradishar1979: L. Selmon1980: L. Hayes1981: L. Taylor1982: L. Taylor1983: D. Betters1984: K. Easley1985: M. Singletary1986: L. Taylor1987: Re. White1988: M. Singletary1989: K. Millard1990: B. Smith1991: P. Swilling1992: C. Kennedy1993: R. Woodson1994: D. Sanders1995: B. Paup1996: B. Smith1997: D. Stubblefield1998: Re. White1999: W. Sapp2000: R. Lewis2001: M. Strahan2002: D. Brooks2003: R. Lewis2004: E. Reed2005: B. Urlacher2006: J. Taylor
National Football League | NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team

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