'Mean' Joe Greene reunited with commercial co-star

By Alex Butler

DENTON, Texas, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Almost 40 years after a nine-year old boy traded his Coca-Cola to an NFL great for his jersey, the duo is reuniting.

Pittsburgh Steelers legend 'Mean' Joe Greene and Tommy Okon starred in one of the most famous sports commercials in history, which originally debuted in 1979 and ran again during Super Bowl XIV in 1980.


In the commercial, Okon walks into the tunnel up to a hobbling Greene. He says, "Mr. Greene, Mr. Greene?"

Greene accepted a Coca-Cola from Okon with a smile. He then chugs the drink and throws Okon his jersey.

Okon responds, "Wow. Thanks Mean Joe."

During the shoot, Greene drank 18 bottles of Coca-Cola.

"I didn't know any better. I chugged the doggone thing over and over and over," Greene told

The commercial will air again at 8 p.m. on Feb. 2 as part of "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2016" on CBS.

Okon and Greene got together to talk about the Clio Award-winning commercial at Apogee Stadium in Denton, Texas.


Greene, 69, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987. Greene was a 10-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro, with 16 career fumble recoveries. Greene won the 1969 Defensive Rookie of the Year Award and Defensive Player of the Year in 1972 and 1974. Greene was also a four-time Super Bowl champion.

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