An ad for the ages

Mean Joe Greene's popularity soared after his commercial for Coke ran while he played for Pittsburgh in the 1980 Super Bowl. AP Photo/NFL Photos

Happy 67th birthday to Pittsburgh Steelers legend Mean Joe Greene. The four-time Super Bowl champion and 10-time Pro Bowler was known for his fierce play at defensive tackle on Pittsburgh’s vaunted “Steel Curtain” defense. He retired from the NFL after the 1981 season and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987. In addition to saluting him for all his sacks and tackles on his birthday, we thank him for his role in this heartwarming 1979 commercial.