Former Steelers Head Coach Chuck Noll Dies at 82

noll-obit-1-superJumboChuck Noll was the coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers throughout the 1970s. He built a dynasty in that city, which still remembers him fondly today. His legacy really is the “steel curtain.” Under his leadership one of the Pennsylvania professional teams became on of the best in the league. He took his amazing team to the Super Bowl many times and became the only coach to win four Super Bowl championships. Noll really built the team from the ground up.

The Steelers were founded in 1933 and had never made it to a league championship. Noll stepped in in 1969 having never been a head coach. He used his experience as a guard and linebacker for the Cleveland Browns to inform his coaching. He also used quite a bit of trial and error. The first season he was with the team they only won one game. He went on to win many Super Bowls by drafting carefully and building the Steel Curtain defense as well as beefing up a powerful offense. He coached the Steelers for 23 years and within that time frame they won the Super Bowl in 1974, ’75, ’78, and ’79 and they won nine American Football Conference Central Division championships.

His success with the team won his a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. Also a part of Noll’s legacy was the great attitude and the love of the game that he passed on to his players. He saw himself first as a teacher and wanted to make sure that all his players knew the game inside and out. He loved the fine details of football and loved to discuss and plan plays and strategies. After he retired and enjoyed his glory, he suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and heart and back problems. His son confirmed Coach Noll’s death. He was a great leader who was loved by all and certainly recruited a great fan base for the Pittsburgh Steelers that still lasts today. He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by all those that knew him.

from Douglas MacFaddin’s Sports Page


Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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