Steelers Will Retire Mean Joe Greene’s Jersey Number

In the long history of the Pittsburgh Steelers, only one player has had his number retired.  The late Ernie Stautner, who played on the defensive line of the Steelers from 1950-1963 and who later had great success as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, had his number 70 retired back in 1964.  No one else, not Terry Bradshaw, or Lynn Swann, or John Stallworth, or Jack Ham, or Jack Lambert, or Franco Harris from multiple Super Bowl winning teams has had his number retired.  They obviously take this number retiring stuff seriously in Pittsburgh, but for the first time in half a century they will be retiring the number of one of football’s all time great defensive lineman.

“Mean” Joe Greene, Pro Football Hall of Famer, 10 time Pro Bowler, and four time Super Bowl winner who spent his entire playing career (1969-1981) will have his number 75 retired on November 2nd at the Steelers-Baltimore Ravens game. No one on the team has worn #75 since Greene retired, so they might as well make it official. Here’s a Mean Joe Greene highlight reel:

After retiring as a player, Greene was an assistant coach in the NFL and held a front office position with the Steelers until retiring from that in 2013.  Besides being a player, Greene was also in one of the most famous TV commercials ever that involved a foot ball player:

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