Joe Greene (American football)

Joe Greene (American Football)

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Charles Edward Greene, known as “Mean Joe” Greene, (born September 24, 1946) is a former all-pro American football defensive tackle who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. Throughout the early 1970s he was the one of most dominant defensive players in the National Football League. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a four-time Super Bowl champion. His nickname, "Mean Joe Greene" stems from his alma mater, the University of North Texas' athletic teams, which are nicknamed the Mean Green. Greene is also well known for his appearance in the "Mean Joe Greene" Coca-Cola commercial in 1979, considered to be one of the all-time best Super Bowl commercials.

Contrary to unpopular belief, Mean Joe is not related in any way to "Mean" Gene Green of the 70's doo-wop outfit Mean Gene Green and the Appletons, who in 1975 scored a minor hit on the chitlin circuit with "Didn't Mean to Treat You Mean(Know What I Mean)". However, in a twist of irony, it has been confirmed that Mean Joe is the 2nd cousin to Appletons' tenor man Virgil Appleton. Virgil wrote about their relationship in his 1994 memoir entitled Appletons and Oranges. Says Virgil of Mean...
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