Legends of the Mean Green : Joe Greene #75

A three-time all-Missouri Valley Conference defensive tackle who anchored a unit nicknamed the “Mean Green,” which led to his own nickname “Mean” Joe Greene. After being a consensus All-American pick in 1968, he went on to a Hall of Fame career in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a 10-time Pro Bowl selection and the NFL  Rookie of the Year in 1969. He recorded 66 sacks and anchored the famed “Steel Curtain” defense that led the Steelers to four Super Bowl titles. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of fame in 1987 and the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame in 1983. North Texas retired his no. 75 jersey and inducted him into the UNT Hall of Fame in 1981.

Image of Joe Greene

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

Image of Joe Greene

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

Image of Joe Greene

Publicity photograph of famed North Texas player, Charles Edward "Joe" Greene. He played for North Texas from 1966-1968 and served as a Regent from 1983-1987.

Image of Joe Greene and other UNT alumni

Photograph of famed North Texas football player, Charles Edward "Joe" Greene at an alumni banquet in 1976. Standing with Mr. Green are (L-R): Tom Harpool, President UNT Alumni Association; and other distinguished alumni, Dr. Chester A. Newland and Larry A. Jobe.