'Thanks, 'Mean' Joe!': Greene reunites with kid from Coca-Cola commercial

Written by Alex Iniguez on .


You know the commercial.

The one from October 1979 with "Mean" Joe Greene drinking a Coke and tossing his jersey to a kid — "Hey kid, catch! ... Thanks, 'Mean' Joe!" — and warming the hearts of a nation.

Well, if you don't know it, watch the original commercial below:

That kid, Tommy Okon, is all grown up, and People has the story of his reunion with Greene. The two discuss why the commercial was such a hit.

"That commercial's kind of what Joe is: tough, football player, who's a nice guy," Okon said.

The reunion was part of a CBS special called Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. Watch a clip from the special below:

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