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Sports Birthdays for September 24 — ‘Mean’ Joe Greene and More

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Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on September 24:

‘Mean’ Joe Greene
Age: 66
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A 10-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, ‘Mean’ Joe Greene played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969 to 1981. One of the best defensive linemen of all-time, Greene was at the center of the Steelers’ ‘Steel Curtain’ defense which helped the team win Super Bowls IX, X, XIII and XIV. He was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1972 and 1974. Greene was selected to the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade Team and the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1979, Greene starred in an iconic Super Bowl commercial for Coca-Cola in which he threw his jersey to a young fan who gave him a soft drink.

Rafael Palmeiro

Age: 48
Profession: Retired MLB Player
Best Known For: A four-time All-Star first baseman, Rafael Palmeiro played with the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles from 1986 to 2005. Palmeiro won three Gold Glove Awards and two Silver Slugger Awards as the best offensive player at his position. He finished his career with 569 home runs and 3,020 hits. In 2005, Palmeiro was suspended after testing positive for steroid use just a few months after he denied using steroids in front of a Congressional panel.

Eddie George
Age: 39
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A four-time Pro Bowl running back, Eddie George played for the Houston Oilers / Tennessee Oilers / Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys from 1996 to 2004. George finished his career with more than 10,000 rushing yards, ranking 24th on the all-time NFL list. George played college football for Ohio State, winning the Heisman Trophy in 1995.

Drew Gooden
Age: 31
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: Drew Gooden is a forward/center for the Milwaukee Bucks. He has played for eight other NBA teams since being selected with the fourth-overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft. Gooden was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2003 while with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Randy Foye
Age: 29
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: Randy Foye is a guard for the Utah Jazz. Since being selected with the seventh-overall pick of the 2006 NBA Draft, Foye has played with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers. Foye signed a free agent deal with Utah after the 2011-12 season. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2007 while with the Timberwolves. Foye played college basketball at Villanova, where he was a Consensus NCAA All-American and the Big East Player of the Year in 2006.

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