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Greene retires from Steelers' front office

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Hall of Famer Joe Greene retired from the Pittsburgh Steelers' player personnel department, the team announced Monday.

Greene, 66, spent the past nine years as a special assistant for pro and college personnel for General Manager Kevin Colbert.

"When I played, our success was based on the people there - the players, coaches and front office - and I felt the same way when I was in scouting," Greene said in a statement released by the team. "The people were very important to me, brought me along and made me feel comfortable, and I thought we made a pretty good team together. The people that I was working with made it all good for me - made it important to me - made it special. I will miss everyone in the Steelers organization."

In 1969, Greene was drafted as the Steelers' No. 1 pick, the first in Chuck Noll's career, in the NFL Draft.

He played 13 years in the NFL and worked briefly as an analyst for CBS Sports before becoming the Steelers' defensive line coach from 1987-91.

He then went on to coach the defensive line with the Miami Dolphins (1992-95) and the Arizona Cardinals (1996-03) before retiring from coaching and moving into the player personnel department with the Steelers.

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