Legends of the Mean Green : 1960s

The move in the late 1950s to the Missouri Valley Conference propelled North Texas into the arena of "major" college football for the decade of the 1960s.  The 1968 season in particular was an exciting one as the "Mean Green" defense made quite an impression on both fans and opponents alike.  The defensive unit featuring players Richard Gill and Joe Greene, who anchored the unit, inspired the nickname "Mean Green," a moniker that has remained ever since to describe North Texas athletics.  "Mean" Joe Greene was named a consensus All-American pick in 1968 and went on to have an illustrious career in the NFL, being named the 1969 NFL Rookie of the Year and a 10 time Pro Bowl selection.  Greene was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1981.  1969 also witnessed North Texas quarterback Steve Ramsey achieve the NCAA Record for passing touchdowns in a career, throwing 69 in his time at North Texas.

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Photograph of a North Texas State College homecoming football game against Hardin-Simmons University. Billy Joe Christle (#36) carries the ball.

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Photograph of a North Texas football game in 1961. Halfback Bobby Smith (#25) carries the ball.

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Publicity photograph of famed North Texas player, Charles Edward "Joe" Greene, number 75. He played for North Texas from 1966-1968.

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Photograph of a North Texas State University football game against Wichita State University in 1968. Mean Joe Green (#75) assists with the tackle.

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Yearbook page featuring Steve Ramsey.  Ramsey set the NCAA Record for passing touchdowns in a career, throwing 69 in his time at North Texas.

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Photograph of a North Texas State University football game against Tulsa in 1969. Ed McDonald (#45) tries to intercept the pass. Lyndon Fox (#24) assists.