Well if this isn’t life imitating art, we don’t know what is! Former Steelers great “Mean” Joe Greene and the young man who starred opposite him in the 1979 Coca-Cola Super Bowl commercial that many still consider the best Super Bowl ad of all time became friends in real life, and remain close nearly 40 years later!

Here’s the pair (the now nearly 50 year old man on the left there is Tommy Okon. He was nine years old when the ad was made) earlier this year:


And of course that’s the iconic Mean Joe Coke Super Bowl commercial there up above. Pretty cool to see the lifelong friendship that ad led to, ey? As it turns out, Greene isn’t so mean, he just really liked knocking the hell out of people on the field: