SEWICKLEY, PA. (CNN, June 14, 2014)- He picked up the Pittsburgh Steelers from the bottom of the pile, but when Chuck Noll finished with them, they had become a fearsome powerhouse. The iconic coach, who led the team to four Super Bowl victories, died late Friday at 82.
Noll was the only coach to take the NFL championship that many times.
Family was by his side, when Noll passed away of natural causes at his home in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, medical examiner’s office said. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s and heart disease.
“Steeler Nation lost one of the greatest coaches in history,” former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward wrote on Facebook.
Rod Woodson, former Steelers cornerback, said on Twitter that “he was a great coach and man! It was an honor to play for such a legend!”
His Super Bowl triumphs are the tip of the iceberg of the winning legacy Noll left behind.
When he took over the helm of the Steelers in 1969, the team had not won a single title in nearly 40 years,according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which inducted Noll into its ranks in 1993.