North Texas started Saturday by honoring a legend before its Conference USA against Louisiana Tech.
The university unveiled a statue of “Mean” Joe Greene outside Gate 2 of Apogee Stadium in front of a crowd of hundreds that included plenty of fans, as well as Greene’s family, friends and former teammates.
Greene played defensive tackle for the Mean Green from 1966-68 before joining the Pittsburgh Steelers organization. Greene won four Super Bowls with the Steelers, as well as numerous individual honors, such as 10 Pro Bowl selections, two Defensive Player of the Year awards and the 1969 Defensive Rookie of the Year award. He was inducted into the Pro Hall of Fame in 1987.
Greene’s famous No. 75 was eventually retired by the Steelers and UNT, however, in honor of Greene’s special day in Denton on Saturday, defensive end LaDarius Hamilton will wear the number for the first time since its retirement. The team will also rep throwback jerseys from Greene’s playing days at UNT.
Here’s your first look at the new statue outside Apogee Stadium.