Chuck Noll, the only coach to win four Super Bowls, has died.
Noll, 82, has been in ill health for a number of years with Alzheimer's disease, a heart condition and back problems. He died in his sleep Friday night at home in Sewickley, Pa.. He has lived in both Florida and in Sewickley since his retirement as Steelers coach after the 1991 season.
He coached the Pittsburgh Steelers for 23 years, starting in 1969. His first team went 1-13. His fifth won the Steelers first NFL championship in Super Bowl IX. They would win four Super Bowls in six years, culminating with a victory in Super Bowl XIV.
Noll's record was 209–156–1, including the postseason.
Joe Gordon, who took over as Steelers public relations director in 1969 and worked into the 1990s, said he talked to Noll's wife, Marianne, Friday evening and she said he was doing fine. He went to bed and when Marianne Noll checked on him later, he was unresponsive.
"He was a hell of a man," Gordon said last night. "He was special. He was not your typical football coach, that's for sure."
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