Chuck Noll was known as “The Emperor.” While he may not have negotiated contracts or dabbled in the business side of the sport the way coach/GM’s such as Bill Parcells did, Noll had total control over the football operation, from coaching decisions, draft picks, to final roster choices.
- Noll’s record speaks for itself.
- 23 years later, Chuck Noll is still the only NFL head coach to have won four Super Bowls.
- No, Noll wasn’t about that because he was a fundamentalist through and through.
- Noll was also a master talent evaluator, arguably the best of all time.
- But if Chuck Noll struck gold with these high profile players, he was also the champion of the little guy.
Upon his retirement from the Steelers in 1991, Chuck Noll maintained the title of Administration Adviser, but in truth he served in no official capacity with the Steelers. Noll had pointedly stayed out of the limelight as head coach, and thought that all of the credit that Bill Cowher enjoyed following his tenure, should belong to him.
Noll could occasionally be seen in the press box during the occasional game at Three Rivers Stadium, but split his time between Pittsburgh and Florida, but was seldom seen and even more rarely heard.
Chuck Noll is survived by his wife Marianne and his son Chris.
Steelers Nation has lost its greatest champion and the City of Pittsburgh the man who made it the City of Champions. He will be missed. Steel Curtain Rising asks you join us in offering your thoughts and prayers to Noll’s family.
Note: Steel Curtain Rising will have a more complete obituary on Chuck Noll over the weekend. Please check back soon.