“Mean” Joe Greene represents the rise of one of the NFL’s most historic franchises. Greene was selected with Pittsburgh’s first overall pick in the 1969 NFL Draft, which many label as the start of the Steelers dominance in the 1970’s.
Now the next player to join the ranks of Steelers first round picks will forever be tied to Greene, not just as both members of the Steelers family, but on draft night itself. The Steelers announced that Greene will announce the team’s first round pick live on stage at the draft. “It is special,” Greene said to Steelers.com about the honor. “Since my draft day, more than 50 years ago, to be here and to announce the Pittsburgh Steelers No. 1 draft choice is very humbling, very humbling.”
Joe Greene, the man who changed what it meant to play in Black & Gold, will do the honors of announcing our No. 1 pick on the stage in Nashville at the #NFLDraft.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 24, 2019
Greene’s involvement at the draft is part of the NFL Legends program to connect the game’s greatest players with the newest generation. When asked what he will say to the Steelers 2019 first round pick, Greene told Steelers.com, “I will be sure to let him know that this is the best organization in the National Football League. It is good top to bottom. That is what you are looking for. To have a genuine organization that gives you the opportunity to succeed and have fun. That is the bottom line. To succeed and enjoy yourself.”
Greene, who helped lead the Steelers to 4 Super Bowl titles, won’t be the only former Steeler at the NFL Draft. Santonio Holmes will announce the second round pick while Brett Keisel will be on stage for the Steelers in the third round.
The NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night at 8 pm EST. But before the draft gets underway, make sure to head over to Pittsburgh Sports Live to watch our live draft show from the Walnut Grill in Robinson.