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01-16-2009, 02:53 PM
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He was named as coach of the NFL All-Decade Team for the 1980s.

Penn State coach Joe Paterno turned down the chance to coach the Steelers before the job was offered to Chuck Noll.

Both Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher played for the Steelers rival Cleveland Browns.

Chuck Noll was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach for 23 seasons, from 1969 until 1991

Before Noll became head coach, the Pittsburgh NFL team had never won any championship, league, conference or division in nearly 40 years of existence.

He graduated from the University of Dayton, in Ohio

He currently works as Administration Advisor in the Steelers’ front office

As a player, he was selected in round 20 of the NFL entry draft, 239th overall

In 1972 he was named AFC Coach of the Year by the UPI.

He was named NFL Coach of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club in 1989

Noll once served as guest conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Rush Limbaugh once said he used to check into hotels using the alias Chuck Noll

Noll gave no interviews to the media before Super Bowl XL because he was suffering from severe back pains.

Noll once got into a brawl with Hall of Fame LB Chuck Bednarik after a game in Philadelphia during his playing days.

Noll raised his sister's two children after she passed away from cancer.

Noll feuded with fellow NFL coaches Jerry Glanville and Sam Wyche during the course of his coaching career.

Despite winning four Super Bowls, Noll was never selected NFL Coach of the Year.

Noll served as the pre-game coin tosser in both the 1992 and 1997 Super Bowls.

Noll and his wife, Mary Ann, currently spend most of their time at their home in Sannibel, Florida although they still maintain a residence in the Pittsburgh area.

Noll's post-season record with the Steelers was 16-8.

Noll's first Steeler team finished 1-13 in 1969.

Noll was the 14th head coach in Pittsburgh Steeler history.

Noll was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

Noll's record with the Steelers was 209-156-1.

Noll played guard for the Cleveland Browns from 1953 to 1959.

Noll enjoys playing the ukelele in his spare time.

Oakland Raider owner Al Davis wanted Noll to be his new head coach in 1969 but Noll had already taken the Pittsburgh job instead. Davis then hired John Madden.

In 1969, Noll was the Steelers' second choice as their new football coach. He got the job when Penn State coach Joe Paterno turned it down.

Noll was the defensive coordinator of the 1968 Baltimore Colts team that got upset by Joe Namath and the New York Jets in Super Bowl III.

Noll's first coaching job in the NFL was with the San Diego Chargers. He was the offensive line coach.

Noll's son, Chris, is a teacher at a private school in Connecticut.

Terry Bradshaw once said that Noll had the coldest eyes he'd ever seen.

Noll always had a tempestuous relationship with star QB Terry Bradshaw.

Noll's wife is named Mary Ann. They have one son named Chris.

After graduation from high school, Noll attended Dayton University on a football scholarship.

Noll graduated from Benedictine High School in Cleveland.

01-16-2009, 02:55 PM
I think the thing that says the most about Chuck is how he raised his sister's kids after she passed away.

01-16-2009, 03:07 PM
A true Renaissance man!

01-16-2009, 06:29 PM
Noll drafted a little-known guy named Joe Greene

And a (true) Dynasty was born...


01-16-2009, 06:55 PM
If he currently works as Administration Advisor in the Steelers’ front office, did he get a 5th Super Bowl ring?

01-16-2009, 07:47 PM
A true Renaissance man!

Yes he was. He also enjoys fine wines and was a pilot. His back is supposed to be giving him lots of problems now a days and he is a very private guy.

Thanks for posting the thread. During this time of year, like Bill Cowher, he deserves to be remembered.

01-16-2009, 08:05 PM
If he currently works as Administration Advisor in the Steelers’ front office, did he get a 5th Super Bowl ring?

Yes, Chuck Noll, Dick Hoak, Joe Greene, and of course, Dan Rooney all have 5 Superbowl rings.


01-16-2009, 08:39 PM
Not to take away from Cowher & Tomlin but The Emperor will always be The Man! :tt03:
Interesting read, thanks!