Hey guy, catch!
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Almost 40 years after the iconic Coke commercial with “Mean Joe” Greene first aired, the football great has been reunited with his adorable costar, who has done a little aging since TV viewers met him in 1979.
“Somehow I look older than you now. I don’t know what happened,” grown man Tommy Okon says while approaching the Hall of Famer in a clip that hit the Internet this week.
Tommy Okon and “Mean Joe” Greene got together 36 years after their famous Coke spot aired.
The two were brought together for an upcoming CBS special celebrating the greatest Super Bowl ads of all time.
After debuting in October 1979, the commercial famously ran again during Super Bowl XIV in 1980, during which Greene’s Pittsburgh Steelers capped their ’70s dynasty with a fourth title.
The award-winning spot features a 9-year-old Okon giving his Coke to a battered Greene, who repays the favor by tossing his jersey to the boy after saying, “Hey kid, catch!”
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Asked what makes the commercial resonate to this day, Greene, 69, points at Okon — who isn’t so sure.
“I think the people that created it wrote a great commercial that really tells a story,” he said.
“That commercial’s kind of what Joe is — tough, football player, who’s a nice guy.”
Audiences will be reminded of that on Feb. 2, when the special airs at 8 p.m. on CBS.