#75 And Other “Retired” Steelers Jersey Numbers

“Mean” Joe Greene will break an unofficial 50 year policy of retiring jersey numbers when the Steelers will honor him this November. Greene’s #75 will become only the second number retired by the team.

Up until this year, the only retired number in team history was DT Ernie Stautner’s #70, honored back in 1964. While not officially retired like #70 and #75, there have been a number of jersey numbers that have never been re-issued since the players who wore them retired.

Here is a list of those unofficially “retired” numbers:

  • 1 Gary Anderson
  • 12 Terry Bradshaw
  • 32 Franco Harris
  • 36 Jerome Bettis
  • 52 Mike Webster
  • 58 Jack Lambert
  • 59 Jack Ham
  • 63 Dermontti Dawson
  • 86 Hines Ward

While all of the players above may be deserving of the recognition, none is more deserving than Greene, who was involved in the league through 6 different decades. His list of accomplishments will likely never be matched by another player:

  • 2011 Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Ranked #13 NFL Player of All-Time by NFL.com
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee (1987)
  • 10× Pro Bowl (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979)
  • 5× First-team All-Pro selection (1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1979)
  • 3× Second-team All-Pro selection (1969, 1971, 1975)
  • 11× First-team All-AFC selection (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)
  • 4× Super Bowl champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV)
  • NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
  • Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team
  • 1969 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
  • 2× AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1972, 1974)
  • 2× KCC 101 AFC Defensive Player of the Year (1972, 1974)
  • 2× NEA NFL Defensive MVP winner (1972, 1974)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers #75 retired

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