RIP Chuck Noll

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Noll and the Steelers

It was a sad day for the NFL on Friday. Sadder yet for fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Chuck Noll, the head coach who guided the Steelers to 4 Super Bowl titles in the 1970s, passed away at the age of 82.

Noll first gained recognition as the defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Colts in 1968, when the Colts had the top-ranked defense in the NFL, allowing only 10.2 points per game. The Steelers took notice and hired Noll to coach the moribund Steelers in 1969. At the time, the Steelers were considered one of the worst franchises in the NFL and it was up to Noll to turn the fortunes around.

He started the process by drafting defensive tackle “Mean” Joe Greene in the first round of the 1969 draft. Greene became the focal point of the famed Steel Curtain defense that terrorized the NFL throughout the 1970s. Noll…

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