My Ode to #75..”Mean” Joe Greene


“Hey kid, catch”!

The one simple line delivered in the Coke commercial back in 1979 that made me wish I was that little white boy. By someone that showed me what it was like to be a proud black man.

“MEAN” Joe Greene! #75! The man who was my idol since 1969, the year I was born into a Steelers family. From grandmother, to mother, brother & sister, uncles, aunts and cousins..the “Black-n-Gold” was worn throughout my entire family.

So believe me, that being a lifelong Steelers fan it does me proud to witness the #75 jersey being retired this Sunday. A day the Pittsburgh Steelers will also be honoring every veteran from every war, something that I am also familiar with.
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Charles Edward Greene, known as “Mean Joe” Greene, (born September 24, 1946) played his entire NFL career for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1969-1981). He is considered by many to be one of the greatest defensive linemen ever and was the cornerstone of the legendary “Steel Curtain” defense.

181 games with 172 starts. Need I say more. Click on the link below to see entire statistic history of “The Man”!
http://m.pfref.com/m?p=XXplayersXXGXXGreeJo02.htm

So this is my ode to you, “Mean” Joe Greene. You are more than well deserving of this hallowed honor, of jersey retirement. Sincerely, your ##PS4Lifer..Brian Christopher Jenkins. #PS4L

Now, enjoy that famous commercial.
Coca-Cola Classic ad: Mean Joe Green [Full Versio…: http://youtu.be/xffOCZYX6F8