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Loyalty Still Exists - Just Ask Mean Joe

Posted on: May 31, 2009 9:19 am
Edited on: May 31, 2009 9:24 am
Mention one name…Mean Joe Greene and some will tell you about how he would play on the field, recounting times they saw him play.  Others may only know him through the coca cola commercial where an angry and hurt football player returned a kind gesture of a small boy who offered up a coke, by throwing him his jersey.  For those of us, who were old enough to see him play, we would argue he is probably one of the best defensive linemen in the history of the NFL.  For others, well, his is a name of legend and lore. 

Greene, drafted from the North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas), in 1969 by the Pittsburgh Steelers, went on to be a dominant force on a defense that had earned the name “the Steel Curtain”, one of the best defenses in NFL history.  During his career, exclusively with the Steelers, he would play 181 games, accumulate 78.5 sacks and one interception.  He would also accumulate four Superbowl rings and be enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame. 

After retirement as a player, Greene would go on to being a coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolpins and the Cardinals, returning back to the Steelers organization as a special assistant for player personnel. 

This past Thursday, on the South Lawn of the White House, the Steelers players and management met with the President of the United States for the second time in the past five years.  Mean Joe Greene was among the individuals who was there when Steelers President Art Rooney III presented the President of the United States with a Steelers jersey, the number 44 on his back.  It would be his second meeting with a sitting president if the past decade. 

Come the beginning of the season, when the Steelers who were members of the 2008-09 team, are presented with their rings from SB XLIII, the former defensive tackle for the Steelers will be on hand to receive his, making him the only player in the NFL to have accumulated six super bowl rings.

This season, when many players, to include Hines Ward, Ike Taylor, James Harrison and Heath Miller, are looking to cement deals that would allow them to retire as a Steelers player, Greene’s sixth super bowl ring, represents, not only a great history of a franchise, but also the loyalty that the team and management inspires with it’s players and their fans. 

For those who argue that there is no loyalty anymore, I just have to argue, you’re not looking deep enough. 

News source:  Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Sunday, May 31


Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2009 8:55 am

Loyalty Still Exists - Just Ask Mean Joe

Nice story mom, I am old enough to have watched him play and he was a hero. I was just a kid and he was larger than life. I had his jersey along with Lambert and Franco and wore them all the time. Glad to see that Mean Joe is getting another ring, I am guessing there are very few people not named Rooney that have six rings.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2009 2:48 pm

Loyalty Still Exists - Just Ask Mean Joe

Great read, Mom.  Unfortunately, I'm far too young to have watched guys like Joe Greene when they were actually playing, but he seems like a pretty stand up guy.  It's always nice to see guys like him and the others that return to their former teams after retiring to continue to help out their franchises.

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2009 3:47 pm

Loyalty Still Exists - Just Ask Mean Joe

Great job momluvs,

Its nice to read about something positive from athletes today instead of the constant negative drivel that's forced down our throats.

Mean Joe was truly one of the greats, I was fortunate enough to see him play in person. Loyalty is truly hard to find in today's game. But just as important from the bottom to the top, it should be from the top to the bottom. Kudos to the Steelers for maintaining that kind of loyalty. My favorite player from the Patriots has always been Andre Tippett and he has a similiar postion with the Pats thanks to Bob Kraft.

Six rings for Mean Joe? Pretty soon he'll run out of room on his hands. Lets' just hope he doesn't get any more this year! LOL

All the best to you mom

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