TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Temple honored hometown hero “Mean” Joe Greene Community Football Field with a dedication Saturday morning
“We could have had probably more kids joining us to play and we probably would have been out there more often if we would've had a field like this,” Greene said.
The Harker Heights Jr. Knights and the Temple Falcons christened the field at East Avenue H and 34th Street that was a part of a $27.6 million parks pond package approved by voters in 2015.
Greene said it is much better than the fields he played on growing up.
“First of all we had to get the rocks off of the ground, make sure the glass was all gone,” the NFL Hall of Famer said.
The four time Superbowl Champion knows the dedication isn’t based on his gridiron success alone.
“I'm talking about being a decent person, being a good man,” Greene said.
The former Pittsburgh Steeler knows great accolades come with even higher expectations.
“I'm just going to say it, I don't want to come over and see my name on the field and then see a whole bunch of weeds on the field,” Greene joked.
City leaders want the honor to be more than just a weekend gathering spot.
“If nothing else this field represents the fact that we will continue to grow as loving community, Mayor Danny Dunn said.
The 10-time Pro Bowler is happy to have his name on the field that will grow more Temple greats in the years to come.