Joe "Mean Joe" Greene
- Position: Defensive Tackle
- School: North Texas
- High School: Temple, TX (Dunbar HS)
- Years: 1966-1968
- Inducted: 1984
- Place of Birth: Temple, TX
- Date of Birth: Sep 24, 1946
- Jersey Number: 75
- Height: 6-4
- Weight: 270
Member BiographyCharles Edward Joseph Greene was better known by his
nickname "Mean Joe" Greene. The 6-4, 270-pound tackle
acquired this moniker as a reference to his school's nickname,
the North Texas State University Mean Green. During the
three seasons Greene played defensive tackle for North Texas,
the Mean Green posted a 23-5-1 record. In his 29 games at
defensive tackle, North Texas State held the opposition to
2,507 yards gained on 1,276 rushes. A per carry average of
less than two yards per attempt. His collegiate coach, Rod
Rust, said of the 1968 consensus All-America, "There are two
factors behind Joe's success. First, he has the ability to make
the big defensive play and turn the tempo of a game around.
Second, he has the speed to be an excellent pursuit player." A
pro scout said, "He's tough and mean and comes to hit people.
He has good killer instincts. He's mobile and hostile." He was
drafted in the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers and became
part of the "Steel Curtain" defense that won four Super Bowls.
Greene is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame,
being inducted in 1987.