Pittsburgh Steelers to officially retire Joe Greene's No. 75

By Leighton Schneider ,

The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced that they will officially retire the number 75 that was worn by ‘Mean Joe’ Greene during his time with the team in the 1970s.

According to ESPN, No. 75 has been unofficially off limits for players on the Steelers since he retired in 1981.

In a statement released by the Steelers, the team announced that his number will be retired prior to their game on Nov. 2 against the Baltimore Ravens.

Greene was the leader of a team that won four Super Bowls and appeared in six AFC Championship games during the 1970s.

In the statement, Steelers President Art Rooney said that it was the right time recognize him and to officially retire his number.

Greene told the Steelers that he was shocked when he heard the news.

"I’m overwhelmed with emotions for sure. That was the first thought," he said. "I was just very, very surprised and almost fell out of my seat. My number along with Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris and Jack Lambert, were taken out of commission. I’m definitely honored."

Greene was the Steelers' first pick in the 1969 draft after a standout career at the University of North Texas. He earned 10 Pro Bowl selections in his 13 year career and won the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year twice. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987.

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