Many years before he would anchor the most-feared, most-successful defense the NFL had ever seen, Joe Greene was just a big, timid kid from Temple, Texas struggling to find his confidence as a teenager being raised by a single mother.
In his compelling, eye-opening autobiography, Greene takes readers on an unprecedented tour of his life, exploring the people who influenced him and the events that shaped him: from humiliating high school embarrassments to the grit and guts that led to four Super Bowl titles.
Mean Joe Greene: Built By Football is the inside story of how a series of mentors, mindset changes and maybe some luck helped a young man turn a scholarship offer from a small college in Texas into a selection as an All-American, a first-round draft pick in the NFL and a life in football that would net him six Super Bowl rings, including two as a coach.
As the first book in the Football Matters’ ‘Built By Football’ series, Greene discusses how football helped shape his character, his leadership skills, taught him humility and integrity, and helped him learn the lessons he would use throughout his life as a player, husband, father, friend and coach.
Table of ContentsForeword 1
Chapter 1: Always Picked Last 15
Chapter 2: Out of Control 31
Chapter 3: Joining the Mean Green 45
Chapter 4: Welcome to Pittsburgh 57
Chapter 5: Peaks and Valleys 83
Chapter 6: The Turnaround 89
Chapter 7: Great Expectations 101
Chapter 8: Glory and Legacy 114
Closing Thoughts 131
Supplementary Research & Reading 137