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‘Mean’ Joe Greene Retires From Steelers After 27 Years With Team

May 08, 2013

‘Mean’ Joe Greene Retires From Steelers After 27 Years With Team

Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame defensive tackle "Mean" Joe Greene in 1970. Photograph: NFL Photos via AP Images

Hall of Fame defensive tackle “Mean” Joe Greene retired from the Pittsburgh Steelers after a playing career and coaching and front-office stints that totaled 27 years and six Super Bowls with the franchise.

“There are very few people in the history of the NFL who have had a greater impact on one franchise than Joe Greene has had on the Pittsburgh Steelers,” club President Art Rooney II said in a statement on the team’s website.

Greene, 66, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987 after playing with the Steelers from 1969 to 1981, the season before the National Football League began keeping sack records.

Greene worked as a color analyst for CBS Sports before becoming Pittsburgh’s defensive line coach from 1987 to 1991. He held the same job with the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals before returning to Pittsburgh in 2004, where he’s been a special assistant for pro and college personnel under General Manager Kevin Colbert.

“The people were very important to me, brought me along and made me feel comfortable, and I thought we made a pretty good team together,” Greene said in a statement. “The people that I was working with made it all good for me -- made it important to me -- made it special.”

The Steelers, six-time Super Bowl winners, won four with Greene at defensive tackle and the other two with him as a member of the team’s front office.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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