Charles “Chuck” Henry Noll
January 5, 1932 – June 13, 2014
The city of Pittsburgh bares a heavy heart, as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ legendary coach Charles Henry Noll has passed away at the age of 82.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Noll died in his sleep from natural causes in his home in Sewickely. He was pronounced dead on Friday, June 13, 2014.
The “savior” of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ franchise in the 70’s, a man who took the Steelers from laughing stock to four-time Super Bowl champions will certainly be missed in a city that can thank him for making this franchise one of the best in sport’s history.
Noll was the Steelers’ head coach for 23 seasons and along with the four Super Bowl titles he led the team to a 209-156-1 record. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993, his first year of eligibility.
Noll took a poor Steelers’ team from the 60’s and made them a powerhouse in the 70’s. The four Super Bowls were won in 1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979. The dynasty that became the Steelers can be directly correlated to Noll’s coaching. While there was certainly talent to compliment him, a team is nothing without their coach.
The only coach to win four Super Bowls will be remembered by a football-city forever. Arguably the best coach in NFL history, Noll is a legend not only in Pittsburgh, but in the NFL and in sporting world.