Not since the death of owner Art Rooney in 1988 has a death shaken Steelers Nation as one the one that took place late on Friday night.
Rest in peace – Chuck Noll.
The Steelers coach passed away Friday at the age of 82, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Noll’s wife, Marianne, found him unresponsive at 9:45 p.m. ET. She called 911, and paramedics pronounced him dead at 9:55 p.m.
The man that lead the Steelers to four Super Bowl wins in the 1970’s was very much out of the public eye in recent years, because he was suffering from Alzheimer’s as well as heart problems.
Noll will always be remembered as the man that took a losing franchise and turned it into one of the best in the history of the league.
In 1969, he took over a Steelers squad that had produced only two winning seasons in the previous nine years, and following a 1-13 season the team went on a run that the NFL to this day has never been able to duplicate.
In 1972 the team went 11-3, going to the postseason for the first time in 25 seasons. From 1972-79, the Noll led the Steelers to an 88-27-1 regular-season record without ever missing the playoffs and while winning Super Bowls IX, X, XIII and XIV. Overall, he sported a 209-156-1 record, and he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1993.
Noll’s record was 209–156–1, including the post-season.
The greatest coach in the history of the Black and Gold – our thoughts and prayers go out to the Noll family.
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