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On February 10th, 1982, Mean Joe Greene Retires




If you're a true fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers one person that always comes to mind as being one of the GOAT's is Mean Joe Greene. On February 10th, 1982 Joe Greene ended his legendary career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Greene was the anchor that held the 'Steel Curtain,' together. He won 4 Super Bowls in the 1970's era of football.


In 1969 Joe Greene was named NFL's Rookie of the Year. Greene would win the Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1972 and 1974. In December of 1975 the Steel Curtain became so big they made the cover of Time Magazine. Joe Greene was the first player in the NFL to record an interception, a forced fumble, and fumble recovery, in a single Super Bowl. In 1994 Joe was named to the NFL's All-Time Team for his 4 Super Bowl wins in 1975, 1976, 1979, and 1980.

Joe Greene was eternally grateful to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers should feel the same way. He was one of a kind football player who played mean on the defensive line. Greene ended his career with 181 games played, 78.5 sacks (unofficially, as sacks were not an official statistic until 1982), and 16 fumble recoveries. Greene had 190 tackles in 1978.


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