Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Chuck Noll Timeline



1932

January 5, 1932, Charles Henry Noll is born in Cleveland. 

1945-1949

Noll attends Benedictine High School, plays lineman on the football team, and graduates in the Class of 1949.

1949-1953

Noll attends the University of Dayton as a member of the Class of 1953.  He serves as co-captain and plays linebacker and guard on the football team.

1953-1959

After graduating from Dayton, Noll plays for Paul Brown’s Cleveland Browns.  He plays linebacker and offensive lineman on teams that win two NFL Championships.

1960-1965

Noll works for Sid Gillman as a defensive coach for the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers.  The Chargers top their division five times and win the AFL championship twice while Noll is there.

1966-1968

Noll serves as defensive coach for Don Shula’s Baltimore Colts.  In 1968, the Colts win the NFL Championship and go on to the Super Bowl where they are defeated by the New York Jets.

1969-1991

Jan. 27, 1969, Noll is named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers and remains in the position until 1991.

1972

December 31, 1972, the Miami Dolphins defeat Noll’s Pittsburgh Steelers, 21–17, to win the AFC Championship.

1974

December 29, 1974, Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Oakland Raiders, 24–13, in the AFC Championship game that comes to be remembered for the “Immaculate Reception.”  It is Pittsburgh’s first playoff victory in franchise history.

1975

January 12, 1975, Noll’s 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Minnesota Vikings, 16–6, in Super Bowl IX.  It is Noll’s first NFL Championship as a head coach.

1976

January 4, 1976, the 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Raiders, 16–10, in the AFC Championship game. 

January 18, 1976, the 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys, 21–17, in Super Bowl X.  It is Noll’s second NFL Championship as a head coach.

December 26, 1976, the Oakland Raiders defeat Noll’s 1976 Steelers, 24-7, in the AFC Championship game.

1979

January 7, 1979, the 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Houston Oilers, 34–5, in the AFC Championship game. 

January 21, 1979, the 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys, 35–31, in Super Bowl XIII.  It is Noll’s third NFL Championship as head coach.

1980

January 6, 1980, the 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Houston Oilers, 27–13, in the AFC Championship game. 

 January 20, 1980, the 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Los Angeles Rams, 31–19, in Super Bowl XIV.  It is Noll’s fourth NFL Championship as head coach.

1989

Noll is named AFC Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Writers of America.

1991

December 26, 1991, Chuck Noll announces his retirement from coaching.

1993

Noll is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 1993.

2014

Noll dies at age 82 on June 13, 2014. 

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