Pittsburgh Steelers legendary coach Charles Henry "Chuck" Noll would have been 83 today. He died just this past year in June.
Noll was born in Cleveland, Ohio on January 5, 1932. He was selected by the Cleveland Browns as a player in 1953, where he played until 1959.
After playing, Noll got into coaching and was an assistant coach for the American Football League's then Los Angeles and later San Diego Chargers from 1960 to 1965. After that he as an assistant to Coach Don Shula of the NFL Baltimore Colts from 1965 to 1968.
Noll coached the Steelers from 1969 to 1991, and compiled a 209-156-1 record in all games, including a 16-8 record in the playoffs, and had winning records in 15 of his final 20 seasons. His four Super Bowl victories are the most for any head coach in NFL history.
Noll is famous for his Steelers teams in the 1970s. What you may not know is he got the job after Penn State's Joe Paterno turned down the Steelers for the job. Noll proved to be the right guy for the job. During the run in the 1970s, Noll coached legends on offense like Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Lynn Swan, John Stallworth, and the great "Steel Curtain" defense with Mean Joe Greene, Jack Ham and Jack Lambert, among other studs. Those teams won 4 out of 6 Super Bowls in the mid-70s: Super Bowls IX and X and Super Bowls XIII and XIII. It was one of the most dominant runs in NFL history.
Noll was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
Here's to you Chuck Noll, an NFL legend: