Charles Henry "Chuck" Noll (January 5, 1932 – June 13, 2014) was a professional American football player, assistant coach and head coach. His sole head coaching position was for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League from 1969 to 1991. When Noll retired after 23 years, only three other head coaches in NFL history had longer tenures with one team.
In 1969 Noll took the helm of a moribund franchise (which had played in only one post-season game in its previous 36 years, a game it lost 21-0), and turned it into a perennial contender. As head coach won nine AFC Central Division championships, and he compiled a 209-156-1 record in all games, including a 16-8-0 post-season record, and had winning records in 15 of his final 20 seasons. His four Super Bowl victories are tied for the most of any head coach in NFL history. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, his first year of eligibility.
Noll built the team through astute drafting and meticulous tutoring. During his career, he was notable for the opportunities he gave African Americans, starting the first African American quarterback and having the first black assistant coach. He was frequently credited with maintaining the morale of the Western Pennsylvania region despite a steep economic decline by fashioning a team of champions in the image of its blue collar fan base.
An introvert who shunned personal publicity, Noll refused to court the press, turned down numerous opportunities for commercial endorsements and never became a football commentator or broadcaster. As a result, his achievements were frequently overlooked by awards committees, sports journalists and sports historians...
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