Pittsburgh Steelers home jersey worn by Hall of Fame defensive tackle "Mean Joe" Greene during the club's 1975 World Championship season. Graded a perfect A10 by MEARS. Joe Greene game-used jerseys are exceedingly rare. This is the first example we have ever offered and we cannot recall the last time we have seen another at public auction. The black dureen jersey, with gold-and-white accents on the sleeves, features the number "75" on the front, reverse, and each shoulder. The name "Greene" is lettered on a black nameplate on the reverse, directly above the number. All numerals are applied in white tackle twill, while all letters are applied in gold tackle twill. Located on the left front tail are a "75" year tag, a "Sand-Knit 52" label, and a second "Sand-Knit" label that reads: "Designed & Tailored Exclusively for the Pittsburgh Steelers American Football Conference." The jersey is original as issued and displays heavy wear, including team repairs to moderate tears on the front and shoulders.
"Mean Joe" Greene is one of the most iconic players in NFL history and widely considered one of the best defensive tackles to ever play the game. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh's fabled "Steel Curtain" defense during the 1970s, Greene helped lead the club to four Super Bowl victories during the decade. Included among his many achievements and honors are two NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards, five First Team All-Pro selections, three Second Team All-Pro selections, ten Pro Bowl appearances, the 1979 NFL Man of the Year, Award and selections to the NFL 1970s All Decade Team, NFL 75th Anniversary All Time Team, and NFL 100th Anniversary All Time Team. His enormous accomplishments on the field notwithstanding, he is still best remembered by a generation of fans for his 1979 Coca-Cola commercial, which made him a household name. It should be noted that of all the many Hall of Fame players in Steelers history, Greene's number "75" is still one of only two uniform numbers officially retired by the club. This is one of the most significant NFL jerseys we have ever offered and a "Holy Grail" for Pittsburgh Steelers and NFL Hall of Fame jersey collectors. Full LOA from MEARS (Grade A10).