September 24th in African American History – Charles Edward “Mean Joe” Greene

Charles Edward “Mean Joe” Greene

Charles Edward “Mean Joe” Greene

September 24, 1946 Charles Edward “Mean Joe” Greene, hall of fame football player, was born in Temple, Texas.

Greene played college football at North Texas State University and was a 1968 All-American. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1969 NFL Draft and over his 13 season professional career was the 1969 Defensive Rookie of the Year, NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1972 and 1974, a ten-time Pro Bowl selection, and four-time Super Bowl champion.

Many consider him one of the greatest defensive lineman in NFL history. After retiring in 1981, he spent 16 years as an assistant coach with several NFL teams. Greene was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

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