Yesterday, some sad news swept across the country, as it was reported that former Steelers coach Chuck Noll had passed away at the age of 82. According to ESPN, the legendary coach died of natural causes.
Noll will always be remembered as one of the best coaches to ever coach in the NFL, and his legacy has an impact on just about every single active coach in the league. Here is what Bill Belichick had to say on Noll’s passing: (Via Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston)
“I have so much respect and admiration for Coach Noll – for his remarkable success, for his consistency and for how classy a man he was. Coach Noll’s final season as an NFL coach was my first and I am honored to have competed against him in his final game.”
As Reiss notes, that final game Belichick was talking about was a 17-10 win for Noll’s Steelers, in the 1991 season finale.
Noll is the only head coach in history to win four Super Bowls, and he did it in a span of four seasons, which makes it even more impressive. He won 193 regular season games, which is good for eighth best in NFL history. In addition to this, he won 16 postseason contests with Pittsburgh.