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07/30/2014

A North Texas legend to have his number retired

6172382ce54d8901897e85544c2e84d1a0fabf3e_1_A growing number of North Texas grads likely don't even realize this, but one of the best defenders in the history of football played there and will finally have his number retired (again).

North Texas alum and Pro Football Hall of Famer "Mean" Joe Greene will have his No. 75 retired by the Pittsburgh Steelers this season. The ceremony will be at Heinz Field in Week 9 during the Steelers' game against the Baltimore Ravens.

As great as the Steelers have been, and as many Hall of Famers they have - 26 - this is not a team that retires numbers. Greene will become the second player ever to have his jersey retired by the Steelers; the first was defensive lineman Ernie Stautner. Let that sink in; the Steelers boast names such as Bradshaw, Webster, Stallworth, Swann, Harris, Ham, Woodson, Blount, etc. and they have retired just one number.

Greene was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1972 and '74, and we arguably the best player on the Steelers' famous "Steel Curtain" defense that won four Super Bowls.

The man was a monster at UNT. In his three seasons in Denton, UNT was 23-5-1. Greene was an All-American in 1968, and the following year was the fourth overall pick in the '69 NFL Draft.

And, yes, his No. 75 that he wore at UNT is also retired. He is just one of four North Texas players to have that distinction.

This is just another worthy honor of one of the best players to ever play the game.

 

 

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