Joe Greene Bio, Age, Nfl, Jersey, Wife, 2019

Joe Greene Bio

Charles Edward Greene better recognized as “Mean” Joe Greene, is a retired senior American tackle performed for the National Football League (NFL) Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969 to 1981.

Greene is widely regarded as one of the NFL’s largest defensive linemen to play. He was recognized for his management, strong competitiveness, and compelling game manner that he gained his nickname for.

Joe Greene Age

Joe Greene was born on 5 September 1946 in Temple, Texas where he was also raised. Not much is known about his parents although he was the son of Cleo Thomas. As of 2019, Joe Greene will be turning 73 years old on September 5th.

Joe Greener Alma Mata

Greene attended North Texas State University which is now the University of North Texas, where he earned consensus All-America honors as a senior playing for the North Texas State Mean Green football team.

He was drafted in the 1969 NFL Draft by the Steelers 4th overall and made an immediate impact with the team as he was named the Year’s Defensive Rookie of the NFL.

The basis on which Steelers manager Chuck Noll transformed the dismal franchise into a sports dynasty is attributed to Greene. He was the centerpiece of the Steel Curtain defense that led Pittsburgh to four Super Bowl championships in a six-year span.

Joe Greene Nfl

Throughout his career, Greene was one of the most dominant defensive players in the NFL, able to overpower opposing offensive linemen with ease and disrupt blocking. Former teammate Andy Russell called Greene “unquestionably the NFL’s best player in the seventies.”

The response of Greene also symbolized his desire to accept the resistance of Pittsburgh. Proving other teams/fan groups incorrect was one of the pushing factors that contributed to the unprecedented achievement of Greene with the Steelers during his moment. Greene, amid competing on a squad of 1-13 in 1969, earned honorary Rookie of the Year while providing a glimpse of the greatness to follow in the 1970s.

Five years later, after head coach Chuck Noll, club chairman Dan Rooney and the extremely skilled scouting department of Pittsburgh encircled Greene with a slew of caliber players from Hall of Fame, his vision of becoming a world champion was fulfilled. Greene and his colleagues enjoyed it so much that they denied to let go of it, getting three more Vince Lombardi Trophies before the 1970s came to an end.

Greene and the rest of his former teammates are surely hoping that Pittsburgh can back to their Super Bowl winning ways in 2019 while giving them one more championship than New England in the process.

Joe Greene Jersey

Greene, who had his No. 75 jersey retired last season by the Steelers, Greene played his entire NFL career for the Steelers from 1969 to 1981 after being drafted by them in the first round of the 1969 NFL Draft out of North Texas. From 2004 to 2013 he was a special assistant for player personnel for the Steelers. Their prices range around $ 149.99. To check the varieties available, click here. 

Joe Greene Wife

Greene married Agnes Craft who was also a student at North Texas State and the daughter of a Dallas businessman in 1969. Low on money, they wedded at Craft’s sister’s house in Dallas. The best man was Chuck Beatty, Greene’s teammate in North Texas and later again with the Steelers in the NFL. Together they had three children, Major, Delon, and their daughter JoQuel. 

However, Agnes passed away in June 2015 at the age of 67. She died of breast cancer. In June 2018  Greene honored his late wife with a scholarship fund. The scholarships would be presented annually to students at North Texas whose parents have battled cancer, with breast cancer being the particular focus since that tragically took her life.

“Not only the scholarship but my kids, Major, Delon, and JoQuel,  wanted to honor their mother in that way, to put a scholarship in her name at her school that she loved so much, to provide assistance to young people whose parents also had issues with cancer,” Greene said, via Steelers.com’s Teresa Varley.

“It’s a doubly important angle. It’s honoring her and helping others. It’s important for me that Agnes, her name will be serving a wonderful purpose at North Texas and students will have an opportunity to extend their education.

“Anyone that has been associated with cancer understands. Cancer has touched all across our society in some form or fashion. It’s insidious. It’s devastating. Often times it plays games with you. You think that you have defeated it, and it comes back, comes into another part of the body. It’s very difficult.

Only the strong survive, and that doesn’t mean they survive here. They survive emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Those are the ones who survive. It’s just devastating. For Agnes to have her name associated with a fund that can help in a small way to relieve some of the financial issues families face, I am very pleased with that aspect of it.”

Joe Greene Acting

Greene also took part in several TV programs and movies during and after his days of acting. He was particularly observed for a 1979 television commercial for Coca-Cola featuring a beaten postgame Greene being given a glass of soft drink by a youthful supporter who, in exchange, is rewarded by Greene’s throwing his shirt at an often-replayed and parody moment.

Joe Greener 2019

Joe Greene may have relaxed a little in pension, but during his practice, he was called “Mean” Joe for a purpose. Greene, releasing Pittsburgh’s first-round selection in Nashville, slightly recognized a booing heckler before declaring Michigan ILB Devin Bush’s first-round selection from the Steelers. It was classic Greene, who was scared of letting out his competitive side show.

While Steeler Nation was depicted in Nashville, there were plenty of people visiting the draft who were not Steelers supporters. They created plenty of adversaries outside Pittsburgh after losing four Super Bowls in a six-year period during Greene’s Pittsburgh moment.

As the Patriots are today, at that time the Steelers were the envy of opposing NFL fan bases, with Greene symbolizing the remarkable success story of Pittsburgh. Greene, who performed in Pittsburgh for 13 games before serving a further nine years in the scouting department of the team, is the only current Steelers ‘ athlete with six Super Bowl bands. Besides Greene Tom Brady is the NFL player to have six Super Bowl rings.

Joe Greene Award

» 1968   Selected as the nation’s top college defensive lineman
» 1969   Named National Football League (NFL) Defensive Rookie of the Year
» 1970-77, 1979-80 Pro Bowl

» 1972, 1974   Named NFL Defensive Player of the Year
» 1977      Received Dapper Dan Award as Pittsburgh’s Outstanding Sports Figure
» 1980     Received advertising industry’s Clio award for Coca-Cola commercial

»1981    Received Vince Lombardi award for dedication
» 1987    Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
» 1994  Named to the NFL All-Time Team Greene earned four Super Bowl rings (1975, 1976, 1979, 1980).

Joe Greene Net Worth

Mean Joe Greene is an American retired professional football player. Greene’s professional career began in 1969 when he was picked as 4th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL Draft.

He played through his entire career for the Steelers, and won numerous awards and recognition, both as an individual and as part of the team. Greene`s net worth was also increased from a commercial he did for Coca-Cola in 1979, known as Hey Kid, Catch. Greene  has a net worth of $2 million

Joe Greene Interview

As the first book in the Football Matters’ ‘Built By Football’ series, Greene discusses how football helped shape his character, his leadership skills, taught him humility and integrity, and helped him learn the lessons he would use throughout his life as a player, husband, father, friend and coach.

Art Eddy: Let’s first talk about your book, Mean Joe Greene, Built By Football. You teamed up with author Jon Finkel on the book. What inspired you to write this book?

Joe Greene: It is a series of guys similar to me that were doing it for the football foundation. I got a real good feeling about Jon. That was a big part of it. After all these years there have been a lot of things written about the Pittsburgh Steelers and all of its participants. Two years ago I did A Football Life with the NFL. It ended up alright. There were things that were said and things that I hadn’t been said before that got me to talk a little bit more about myself.

AE: One of your key points in the book was not having a dad around when you were growing up. You saw father figures in coaches. Years later you could other kids looking for a father figure in their lives. To you what is the importance of having a good father figure in a child’s life?

JG: Where I am now I can see that in retrospect that having a positive male figure eliminates mistakes and having learned lessons more than once. There is always going to be something new, but having a positive male figure does eliminate some mistakes that we make as we journey through life as young men and women.

AE: Franco Harris and Dan Rooney wrote forewords in your book. What did it mean to you to read what they wrote about you?

JG: I was just so delighted. People that I spent my career working with to say such positive things about me was very good. Especially my boss and guys that I played with. Mel Blount, he was on the defensive side. My boss, Mr. Dan Rooney, and Franco. I call Franco Mr. Pittsburgh. In my view, he was Mr. Pittsburgh. He did everything for everyone who called upon him to do it. He was always just a fine man.

One of the things that I had learned through my time playing with the Steelers was that all the guys with that I learned a lesson through them. Franco being one. Mel Blount being another.

AE: One of the themes in the book was leadership. A lot of your teammates looked to you as a leader. How did football shape you into the man you have become?

JG: It was the environment that I was in with a head coach that I think a great deal about in Chuck Knoll. The ownership too. I have said many times as I was growing up playing pro football and afterward was that some of the antics that I did early on in my career I don’t know if I would be able to survive playing in the National Football League if I didn’t have the people with patience and tolerance for my antics.

It was a really, really nice road map for me to follow. To grow up with not only Chuck being the head coach, but with management in Dan Rooney. I was just blessed with having some wonderful teammates. You can name them. Some of those guys wouldn’t be the names that people grew up to know.

You watch guys play and perform under all kinds of circumstances. They could be injured or have problems with their families or their health was not ideal. Whether they were not happy with the positions that they were playing or how things were going.

You get to see in the locker room or the practice field or on game days the effort that was put forth. You see the quality of the man come out. I learned a lot things by watching them. I did watch. I think that is where I gained some experience from watching as I was participating.

AE: What were some of the first few thoughts that popped into your mind when you found out that you were going to be a dad?

JG: The first time was oh my goodness. It was all trial and error. I know from growing up probably the number one emotion that you wanted to convey and what I wanted to convey was love. Love and caring.

The other emotion was anger and disappointment. Know those feelings. There is nothing worse than having disappointment and no hope. Everything that I tried to do was not show disappointment. The second one was to show love. When I would discipline my kids I didn’t want to say anything to them that I couldn’t follow through on and that I didn’t follow through on.

AE: Practice what you preach right?

JG: Yep. We are all fallible. I made mistakes. Anytime that I did something that wasn’t fatherly with my kid I just wanted to show the other half. Let them know that even though I had to discipline them I still love them.

AE: What were some of the core values you looked to instill in your kids as they grew up?

JG: Trustworthiness. Respect. There are a lot of other things that you could name, but I think that if you don’t get burdened down with a whole lot of have-tos and want-tos just be trustworthy and respectful I think that will cover a lot of things.

AE: What advice do you have for new dads?

JG: Just make sure that your kids know that you love them. One thing that I am very, very happy about today is watching my son and my daughter interact with their kids. Watching them participate in their activities. Watching them being involved in their school work and asking them questions about how they are doing and what is going on with them.

I wasn’t as nearly as good as they are with their kids. I hope that I was, but watching them I know I wasn’t. You just want to make sure your kids know that you love them. Know that discipline is part of their development and because you discipline them doesn’t mean you don’t love them. They have to see both sides. You have to be consistent.

AE: Do you guys have a favorite family movie that you all love to watch together?

JG: (Laughs.) We were a movie family. We watched a lot of movies. They really liked watching the Star Wars series. They did. They liked that. I kind of liked The Raiders of the Lost Ark. All of those. They had a lot of good adventure in those ones.

AE: Do you guys have a favorite song that you all like to sing to or dance to as a family?

JG: Oh my. I think we danced to them all, but it would probably have something with Marvin Gaye, James Brown and others in that category.

AE: Describe the perfect family vacation.

JG: The perfect family vacation that we never took was going on a fishing trip with my boat. I am not a very good fisherman, but I went out a few times with my friends and father-in-law and always wanted to do that with my family.

The good trip we did take was the zoo in San Diego on our way to Big Sur. We were in a motor home and we traveled for about a week. It was ten days going west and back. That was a lot of fun. We didn’t get bored with one another.

AE: Tell me one thing about being a grandfather that is better than being a parent.

JG: Well I am not the one that has to discipline them. When it is time for them to go to bed I just send them home. (Both laugh.)