Steelers notebook: NFL legend Greene retires
By Alan Robinson
Published: Monday, May 6, 2013, 5:42 p.m.
Joe Greene is saying goodbye to the Steelers for the third and final time.
Greene, the Hall of Fame defensive tackle who was the foundation of the famed Steel Curtain defense of the 1970s, has retired from the Steelers' player personnel department. The announcement was made Monday.
Greene, 66, spent the past nine seasons as a special assistant for pro and college personnel for general manager Kevin Colbert. He joined the Steelers in part because owner Dan Rooney wanted one of the figurehead players in franchise history more actively involved with the team following his retirement as a longtime NFL assistant coach.
Considered to be one of the best defensive linemen in NFL history, he anchored a defense that still is widely acknowledged to be the greatest in league history. He was a 10-time Pro Bowl player and an eight-team All-Pro selection from 1969-81, and he was chosen by NFL.com as the 13th-best player in league history.
Greene was the Steelers' defensive line coach from 1987-91. He held the same job with the Dolphins from 1992-95 and the Cardinals from 1996-2003 before retiring as a coach and rejoining the Steelers.
“There are very few people in the history of the NFL who have had a greater impact on one franchise than Joe Greene has had on the Pittsburgh Steelers,” team president Art Rooney II said in a statement. “As a player, Joe was the cornerstone of the greatest defense of all time. As a coach, Joe helped Chuck Noll finish his tenure as head coach. Then we were fortunate to have Joe rejoin the organization in our player personnel department for the last nine years, which included two more Super Bowl championships.
“Joe has been an inspiration in this organization in so many capacities over so many years.”
Greene said he will miss “everyone in the Steelers organization.”
“When I played, our success was based on the people there — the players, coaches and front office — and I felt the same way when I was in scouting,” Greene said in a statement. “The people were very important to me, brought me along and made me feel comfortable, and I thought we made a pretty good team together.”
Greene was the first player drafted by the Steelers after coach Chuck Noll's hiring in 1969. He quickly became pivotal to the team's turnaround from being the NFL's worst team to its best.
That transformation continued with the drafting of players such as Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris and Lynn Swann and peaked with four Super Bowl wins in six seasons from 1974-79.
Greene was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.
Whimper comes aboard
Guy Whimper, an offensive tackle who in his seven-year NFL career has played for the Giants and Jaguars, signed Monday.
The Steelers are in need of offensive line depth after failing to bring back tackle Max Starks and backup Doug Legursky.
Whimper was a fourth-round pick by the Giants in 2006 and played for them for four seasons, including their 2007 Super Bowl winning team. He played for Jacksonville for the past three seasons.
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Whimper has started 22 of 67 career games.
The Steelers also signed undrafted free-agent rookie linebacker Terence Garvin of West Virginia. He attended their rookie minicamp last weekend on a tryout basis.
Garvin had 101⁄2 sacks in 47 games at West Virginia.
The Steelers released rookie center Ivory Wade and rookie defensive tackle Anthony Rashad White.
Alan Robinson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @arobinson_Trib.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Analysis: Steelers could fill needs with free agents while not spending big bucks
- Steelers to release LaMarr Woodley; Taylor restructures contract
- Kovacevic: Big Ben’s contract clock ticking
- With so many needs, Steelers can ill afford to miss in draft
- Steelers defense doesn’t make the grade in 2013 review
- Steelers restructure Brown’s contract to become salary cap compliant
- Steelers create cap space by re-signing Polamalu, Miller
- Keisel might be at end of Steelers career
- Steelers’ Worilds signs transition tag