Joe Greene: Steelers Pick In ’69 Draft Was Turning Point


Published: April 14, 2009


... who?

That was the reaction in Pittsburgh when Chuck Noll used his very first pick as the new head coach on the little known Greene.  Joe wasn't too thrilled about the idea either.

He didn't like losing, and for almost 40 years that is all the Steelers did.  That was about to change.

With his first pick, Noll had selected the cornerstone of what was to become a ferocious defense.  Over the next several years, Noll masterfully drafted the pieces for his dynasty.

The 1974 draft was particularly efficient, with Noll picking no less than four future Hall of Famers.  But, it all started with Joe Greene.

Right from the start, teammates realized Greene was special.  In training camp that first year, he dominated the Steelers' annual "Oklahoma drills" in which a defensive lineman and an offensive lineman face-off man to man.  He was simply unblockable.

Joe brought a toughness to the Steelers that had been la...

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