Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll dies at 82
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[June 14, 2014]
By Eric M. Johnson
(Reuters) - Former Pittsburgh Steelers
coach Chuck Noll, who helped transform the team into one of the league's
dominant franchises and became the only NFL coach to win four Super Bowl
titles, has died at the age of 82, the National Football League said on
Citing the Allegheny County Medical Examiner, media reported Noll
died of natural causes at his home in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, in
the presence of family members.
Noll, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993,
coached the Steelers for 23 seasons from 1969 until 1991, guiding
the franchise to Super Bowl wins in the 1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979
seasons. Overall, he built a 209-156-1 record in all games,
including a 16-8-0 post-season record, which is one of the best in
In his first year at the helm the Steelers finished 1-13. Three
years later, the Steelers reached the AFC championship game and two
years after that they won their first Super Bowl.
"Through shrewd drafts and strong guidance, Noll helped team owner
Art Rooney and the Steelers shed their 'lovable losers' image,"
according to a biography on the Pro Football Hall of Fame's website.
"He quickly established a building program with an emphasis on the
annual college draft to realize the ultimate goal of an NFL
This emphasis on the draft helped to build the fabled "Steel
Curtain" defense and a powerful offense in the 1970s featuring
defensive tackle "Mean Joe" Greene, quarterback Terry Bradshaw, and
running back Franco Harris, among other Hall of Famers.
Noll graduated from the University of Dayton and went on to play
seven seasons as a so-called messenger guard and a linebacker for
the Cleveland Browns in the 1950s. He was an assistant coach for
nine years before joining the Steelers.
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Noll was a "tremendous technician in the individual fundamentals of
football, which was something very important to him," Denver Broncos
coach John Fox, who coached defensive backs under Noll for three
seasons from 1989 through 1991, said in an interview published on
the Steelers website in February.
"He was very calm, very technique and fundamental-oriented," Fox
said. "He was not a screamer. He wasn't up or down. I think his
biggest thing is that he was the same guy every day. He was not an
ego guy like, 'Look what I'm doing.' He was a great mentor, I know
(Reporting by Julian Linden in New York and Eric M. Johnson in
Seattle; Editing by Frank Pingue/Amlan Chakraborty)
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