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FORMER FOUR-TIME SUPER BOWL WINNING STEELERS HEAD COACH CHUCK NOLL DIES AT 82Chuck Noll, who guided the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl victories, died Friday at the age of 82 at his home in Sewickley, Penn, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Noll, who had been under a doctor’s care for an undisclosed illness, was found unresponsive by his wife, Marianne at 9:45 p.m. EDT. After paramedics arrived, they pronounced him dead 10 minutes later. Noll served as Steelers head coach for 23 seasons from 1969-91, winning Super Bowls after the 1974, ‘75, ‘78 and ‘79 seasons and guiding what is considered one of the greatest sports dynasties ever. His 209-156-1 record and record four Super Bowl titles earned him induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, his first year of eligibility. Noll was known for choosing his words carefully. His oft-repeated remark, “Whatever it takes,” was short and succinct. It became the slogan for his coaching career. Noll inherited a franchise that had won 18 total games the previous five seasons, and his first team finished 1-13. But by the end of Noll’s fourth season, the Steelers had advanced to the AFC championship game. Two years later, they were Super Bowl champions. Steelers Hall of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann said Noll “never gets the credit he deserves for managing one of the great teams in NFL history.” (Photo: Getty Images)

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FORMER FOUR-TIME SUPER BOWL WINNING STEELERS HEAD COACH CHUCK NOLL DIES AT 82

Chuck Noll, who guided the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl victories, died Friday at the age of 82 at his home in Sewickley, Penn, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. 

Noll, who had been under a doctor’s care for an undisclosed illness, was found unresponsive by his wife, Marianne at 9:45 p.m. EDT. After paramedics arrived, they pronounced him dead 10 minutes later. 

Noll served as Steelers head coach for 23 seasons from 1969-91, winning Super Bowls after the 1974, ‘75, ‘78 and ‘79 seasons and guiding what is considered one of the greatest sports dynasties ever. 

His 209-156-1 record and record four Super Bowl titles earned him induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, his first year of eligibility. 

Noll was known for choosing his words carefully. His oft-repeated remark, “Whatever it takes,” was short and succinct. It became the slogan for his coaching career. 

Noll inherited a franchise that had won 18 total games the previous five seasons, and his first team finished 1-13. 

But by the end of Noll’s fourth season, the Steelers had advanced to the AFC championship game. Two years later, they were Super Bowl champions. 

Steelers Hall of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann said Noll “never gets the credit he deserves for managing one of the great teams in NFL history.” (Photo: Getty Images)

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REMEMBERING FORMER CARDINALS S PAT TILLMAN

While Memorial Day is a joyful day of barbecues, beach trips and relaxation. It’s also important to take a moment and remember the actual reason for the holiday: honoring those men and women who have died serving our country.

Countless athletes have died in the service to our military, but one athlete’s name that is best known by NFL fans is Pat Tillman. In May 2002, eight months after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Tillman walked away from a three year, $3.6 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the U.S. army.


Tillman died on April 22, 2004 outside the village of Sperah, in Afghanistan. So between helpings of barbecue today, take a moment and think of him, as well as all the others who died serving our country.

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You are staring at the names of 343 heroes. Three hundred forty-three American heroes. Three hundred forty-three men who ran in while the entire world stood watching and waiting. First responders on the front line of a war that may never end. I want you to stare I want you to memorize them. Go home tonight. Get on the Internet and look up these names. Find out who these men were and what they did on that day. And then you’ll realize: this ain’t a job. It ain’t an occupation. It’s a calling. A need. A desire that you feel in your bones and your brains and your nut-sack.I know you assholes have passed a written test and you passed a physical test. But that don’t mean nothing. Just a bunch of civil-servant bullshit! Because the real test of whether you’re a chicken shit or not will come the day you get to do what these men behind me did. Because if you’re lucky, one day soon, you’ll get to run into a burning building while everybody else is running out. And you’ll take the stairs. Two at a time. With steel in your eyesand ice water in your veins. And you’ll come back down with a civilian on each shoulder. And instead of puking or crying or pissing your pants, you’ll wipe your brow and run right the hell back in. That’s the day, that’s the moment you’re gonna find out if you’re a real firefighter or just one more asshole who bit off more than he could chew. Because maybe one day, you run in and the guy your buddy, your best friend, your cousin, your brother, maybe you come out, but he don’t. Because he got crushed or incinerated or burned to a crisp. And you’re gonna ask yourself why did I walk away, but not him? I’ll tell you one thing the answer to that question is not at the bottom of a bottle. You can’t drink or fight or screw your way to figuring out the answer to that question. People die. We’re firefighters. We die a lot. I lost my buddy, my best friend, my cousin, my brother. Some people say it’s God’s will. I don’t know. I don’t even knowif there is a God. I hope there is. Because that would mean one day all this shit is gonna make some sense.That’s all I got for you assholes. — Tommy Gavin.

Rescue Me (2004-2011)

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You are staring at the names of 343 heroes. Three hundred forty-three American heroes. Three hundred forty-three men who ran in while the entire world stood watching and waiting. First responders on the front line of a war that may never end. I want you to stare I want you to memorize them. Go home tonight. Get on the Internet and look up these names. Find out who these men were and what they did on that day. And then you’ll realize: this ain’t a job. It ain’t an occupation. It’s a calling. A need. A desire that you feel in your bones and your brains and your nut-sack.

I know you assholes have passed a written test and you passed a physical test. But that don’t mean nothing. Just a bunch of civil-servant bullshit! Because the real test of whether you’re a chicken shit or not will come the day you get to do what these men behind me did. Because if you’re lucky, one day soon, you’ll get to run into a burning building while everybody else is running out. And you’ll take the stairs. Two at a time. With steel in your eyes
and ice water in your veins. And you’ll come back down with a civilian on each shoulder. And instead of puking or crying or pissing your pants, you’ll wipe your brow and run right the hell back in. That’s the day, that’s the moment you’re gonna find out if you’re a real firefighter or just one more asshole who bit off more than he could chew.

Because maybe one day, you run in and the guy your buddy, your best friend, your cousin, your brother, maybe you come out, but he don’t. Because he got crushed or incinerated or burned to a crisp. And you’re gonna ask yourself why did I walk away, but not him? I’ll tell you one thing the answer to that question is not at the bottom of a bottle. You can’t drink or fight or screw your way to figuring out the answer to that question. People die. We’re firefighters. We die a lot. I lost my buddy, my best friend, my cousin, my brother. Some people say it’s God’s will. I don’t know. I don’t even know
if there is a God. I hope there is. Because that would mean one day all this shit is gonna make some sense.

That’s all I got for you assholes. — Tommy Gavin.

Rescue Me (2004-2011)

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"Please pause, take a moment of silence and say a special prayer for the City of Boston and the Boston Fire Department.

2 Boston firefighters were killed in a 9-alarm fire; at least 18 injured, some critically.

Thankfully no residents of the building have been reported missing.

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are once again, with you Boston.”

 http://www.firefighternation.com/article/news-2/boston-firefighters-injured-brownstone-fire




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"Please pause, take a moment of silence and say a special prayer for the City of Boston and the Boston Fire Department.

2 Boston firefighters were killed in a 9-alarm fire; at least 18 injured, some critically.

Thankfully no residents of the building have been reported missing.

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are once again, with you Boston.”

http://www.firefighternation.com/article/news-2/boston-firefighters-injured-brownstone-fire

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/FireBrotherhood/photos/a.271254712908193.74148.187557941277871/733052890061704/?type=1&theater