Aug. 28, 2019
UNT will officially celebrate the opening of its latest residence hall, Joe Greene Hall, and honor the alumnus and NFL Hall of Famer for which it's named at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. The 500-bed hall is located on the corner of Eagle Drive and Avenue A.
Greene, the greatest football player in UNT history, also is one of the greatest defensive tackles in NFL history. Selected in the first round of the NFL draft in 1969, he played 13 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, becoming the cornerstone of the famous “Steel Curtain” defense and winning four Super Bowls. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987, and his No. 75 was retired by the Steelers in 2014, only the second number ever retired by the franchise.
At UNT, Greene was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 1976, was inducted as a member of the first class of the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981, and served as a regent from 1983 to 1987.
“This is an incredible honor beyond anything I could have ever imagined,” Greene said when he learned of the naming of the hall this spring. “While playing football I never thought about earning honors or being named to the Hall of Fame, and through all of my endeavors in life, I have never thought that something like this was even possible. It is humbling to think that somebody, somewhere thought that my contribution to the university was great enough that they should bestow such an honor.”
The ribbon-cutting precedes the first Mean Green football game of the season, a White Out game against the Abilene Christian University Wildcats that kicks off at 6:30 p.m. in Apogee Stadium.