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)