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.