Joe Greene is a retired professional American football player in the National Football League (NFL). He held a defensive tackle position for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969 to 1981. Greene is a four-time Super Bowl champion, ten-time Pro Bowl, and 1979 NFL Man of the Year.
Born on September 5, 1946 in Texas, he played for Dunbar High School. He went on to lead the football team of North Texas State University. In the 1969 NFL Draft, he was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers as the fourth pick in the first round.
During his rookie season, he was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Teammates often described him as one of the best players of that era. He was instrumental in the creation of the defensive line of the team – “Steel Curtain”. He became the first player to be awarded the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year award multiple times.
Greene was an unstoppable force in securing 4 Super Bowl championships for the Steelers since their first win in 1974. In Super Bowl IX, he recorded what is considered as one of the finest defensive performance in the tournament. He became the captain of the Steelers defense in 1977 while he became the NFL’s Man of the Year in 1979.
After the 1981 season, Greene retired as a player but went on as an assistant coach to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, and the Arizona Cardinals. His career player statistics are 181 games played and 172 games started. Joe Greene is a College Football Hall of Famer and Pro Football Hall of Famer.
• 4-time Super Bowl champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV)• 10-time Pro Bowl (1969–1976, 1978, 1979)• 5-time First-team All-Pro (1972–1974, 1977, 1979)• 3-time Second-team All-Pro (1971, 1975, 1976)• NFL Man of the Year (1979)• 2-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1972, 1974)• NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1969)• NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team• NFL 1970s All-Decade Team• Pittsburgh Steelers No. 75 retired• Consensus All-American (1968)• North Texas Mean Green No. 75 retired