Legendary Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll, who guided the team to four Super Bowl titles in his 23-year tenure with the team, was reportedly found dead Friday night at the age of 82, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
Noll was found unresponsive by his wife, Marianne, at 9:45 p.m. ET. She called 911, and paramedics pronounced him dead at 9:55 p.m.
After a 1-13 season as a rookie head coach, Noll turned the Steelers’ ship around and guided the team to the postseason in his fourth season. A few years later, the team became one of the all-time NFL dynasties. The Steelers were the team of the 1970s under his stewardship, winning four titles in a six-year span from 1974 to 1979.
“Chuck Noll is the best thing to happen to the Rooneys since they got on the boat in Ireland,” said Art Rooney Jr., the oldest son of Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr.
Noll compiled a regular-season coaching record of 193-149-1 up through his final season in 1991, and a postseason mark of 16-8. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 1993.
A highly regarded high-school player, Noll played collegiately at Dayton and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 193. Noll spent seven seasons wih the Browns as a guard and linebacker, collecting eight interceptions — five in 1955 — in 77 career games played.