In Patrick McCaskey's Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships he covers the ten greatest NFL coaches of all-time. Among the pillars is Chuck Noll who coached the Steelers to four Super Bowls and nine AFC Central Division Championships in 23 years as head coach. In Pillars, we describe some of the key players for these great coaches and we'd thought we'd reproduce some of that for our posts.
Joe Greene was a defensive tackle who was 6–foot–4, 275 pounds, quick and powerful. His team at North Texas State University was called the Mean Green and he would be called Mean Joe Greene from that association. Noll knew that Greene was the kind of player who could anchor a defense and drive everyone around him to play their best. Built around Greene was a Steel Curtain brotherhood and team culture that demanded toughness and competitive superiority.