Chuck Noll—considered by many as one of the greatest coaches in football history—passed away Friday night at the age of 82.
Jerry DiPaola of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported the devastating news, noting that Noll had been under doctor's care for an undisclosed illness:
The Allegheny County, Pa., medical examiner's office confirmed Noll died from natural causes, according to Gary Mihoces of USA Today.
Noll spent seven years as a guard and linebacker for the Cleveland Browns from 1953-59, but he is best known for his role as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He took over the team in 1969 and was quickly able to turn the squad into one of the greatest dynasties in NFL history.
The Steelers won four Super Bowls under Noll in a span of six years from 1974-79, helping develop numerous Hall of Fame players like Terry Bradshaw, "Mean" Joe Greene, Franco Harris, Lynn Swann and more. He was eventually inducted into the Hall of Fame himself in 1993 after accumulating a 193-148-1 regular-season record over the course of 23 seasons.
He currently ranks eighth all time in NFL wins for a head coach.
Unsurprisingly, Noll's death sent shock waves throughout the league from those who knew him to those who were simply impressed from watching him.
Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review spoke about the former Steelers coach:
Charles Henry Noll. Architect. Emperor. Greatest. Raise a glass of wine in his memory, Pittsburgh.— Rob Rossi (@RobRossi_Trib) June 14, 2014
There should absolutely be a statue of Noll outside Heinz Field within a year.— Rob Rossi (@RobRossi_Trib) June 14, 2014
Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review was also high on the man's abilities:
Charles Henry Noll, Pittsburgh's greatest coach, football's greatest coach, has died. Details to come on @TribLIVE— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) June 14, 2014
Meanwhile, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette pointed out that Noll wasn't just legendary on the field:
Chuck Noll has passed away. Most fascinating man I've ever met.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) June 14, 2014
ESPN provided an inspiring quote from Noll:
"If you want to win, do the ordinary things better than anyone else does them day in and day out. - Former @Steelers coach Chuck Noll— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) May 30, 2014
Steelers president and co-owner Art Rooney Jr. joked, "Chuck Noll is the best thing to happen to the Rooneys since they got on the boat in Ireland," via DiPaola.
Very few people can say a negative thing about a man who touched so many lives both inside and outside the NFL. Thoughts and prayers are with the family of the influential coach.
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