In 1969 the AP named him Defensive Rookie of the Year.
He was named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 1970s.
During his career, he missed only 9 regular season games, playing 181 of a possible 190.
He attended Dunbar High School in Temple, Texas.
After winning four Super Bowls, Joe Greene coined the phrase "One for the thumb" as he had four Super Bowl rings, leaving only his thumb empty if they were all put on one hand.
He played his entire NFL career for one team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.
During the three years he played for the North Texas Mean Green, the school football team posted a record of 23-5-1.
His nickname comes from his real last name (Greene) and his college's team name (The Mean Green).
In 1987 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Sporting News listed him at #14 on their 1999 list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.
He was named NFL Defensive Player of the year in 1972 and 1974.
He was the first player to make an interception, force a fumble and recover a fumble in a single Super Bowl game.
The Steelers hired him as special assistant for player personnel in 2004.
After retiring as a player, he worked for 16 years as a coach with the Steelers, Dolphins and Cardinals before moving to an office job with the Steelers.
In 2006 Steelers superstar Jerome Bettis appeared in a commercial promoting asthma awareness, that was designed as a remake of Joe Greene's famous Coke commercial.
The popularity of his Coke commercial led to a 1981 movie version called "The Steeler and the Pittsburgh Kid" with Greene starring as himself.
Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers don't retire numbers, his number has not been reissued.
His Coca Cola commercial was ranked by TV Guide as one of the top ten commercials of all time.
He attended North Texas State University.
Joe Greene was in a Coca-Cola commercial in the 70's.
His nickname was "Mean" Joe Greene.
He won four Super Bowls in the 1970's with the Steelers.
He was selected to play in 10 Pro Bowls.
He was selected in the first round in the 1969 NFL draft, 4th overall by the Steelers.
He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969 to 1981
He was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year twice.