Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Highlights of Noll's Career

Chuck Noll’s Steelers won four Super Bowls in 6 years and nine AFC Central Division Championships.  Over his 23 seasons as head coach of the Steelers, Noll holds an overall NFL head coaching record of 209–156–1.  Noll received the inaugural Earle “Greasy” Neale Award for Professional Coach of the Year from the Maxwell Football Club.  He was named the UPI Coach of the Year Award in 1972.  He was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. 

Noll was pro football’s 1970s answer to the winning traditions of Paul Brown and Vince Lombardi.  He was organized and focused on teaching like Brown.  He wanted his players to be just as disciplined as Brown’s men of the late 1940s and 1950s.  Noll pushed his Steelers to be fierce like Lombardi’s Packers, but he wanted those qualities to be lasting and come from within.  

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