Pittsburgh Steelers coaching legend Chuck Noll dies
Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw (left) shares a joke with ex-coach Chuck Noll as they celebrate the Steelers' 1000th game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 26, 2003
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Noll died at his home in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. He had been in ill health for several years, battling Alzheimers disease, a heart condition and back problems.
Noll, leader of Pittsburgh's vaunted "Steel Curtain," began his coaching career as a defensive assistant with the Chargers, and also worked for the Baltimore Colts before taking charge in Pittsburgh in 1969.
He coached the Steelers for 23 years. His first Steelers' team went 1-13, and his fifth won the franchise's first NFL title in Super Bowl 9, the first of back-to-back titles in the 1974 and 1975 seasons.
Under Noll's guidance Pittsburgh claimed two more Super Bowl crowns in the 1978 and 1979 seasons.
Noll was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.