Sewickley, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Charles Henry “Chuck” Noll, the only coach to win four Super Bowls, died in his sleep from natural causes Friday in his Sewickley home.
He was 82 and had been in ill health for a number of years with Alzheimer’s disease, a heart condition and back problems.
Former Steelers publicist Joe Gordon, who has remained one of Noll’s closest friends, said he talked to his wife, Marianne, Friday evening and she said he was doing fine. Noll went to bed and when she checked on him later, he was unresponsive.
Noll amassed the four championships in a six-year span of the 1970s in which the Steelers became one of the most dominating teams of any NFL era.
He became the youngest head coach in NFL history when the Steelers hired him at age 34 on Jan. 27, 1969.
In 1974, the Steelers won their first of four Super Bowls under Noll, beating the Minnesota Vikings, 16-6.
Noll’s professional journey, where he posted 209 victories in 23 seasons, eventually landed him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Noll was a licensed pilot and sailor and was so well-versed in wines, cooking, gardening and home repairs. He received his degree in secondary education at the University of Dayton, once said he would have been a history teacher if he wasn’t a football coach.
Curiously, Mr. Noll’s only son, Chris, is a history and English teacher at a private girls school in Farmington, Conn.