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Roger Goodell on Chuck Noll's Passing

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ON Friday night, the NFL lost one of it's all-time greats in former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll. Noll had Alzheimer’s disease and had also been treated for a heart condition and back problems prior to his passing.

A winner of four Super Bowls during the 1970s, Noll was at the helm during the Steelers' Steel Curtain defense, and he finshed his coaching career with a record of 209-156-1.

Noll’s teams defeated the Minnesota Vikings in January 1975, the Dallas Cowboys in January 1976 and 1979 and the Rams for their four championships. Three other coaches — Joe Gibbs, Bill Walsh and Bill Belichick — have had three Super Bowl winners.

Here is a statement form NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Noll's passing:

What set Chuck Noll apart was his remarkable ability as a teacher. His subject was football and his students became four-time Super Bowl champions. Coach Noll’s quiet leadership produced extraordinary results that deeply inspired players, coaches and fans. He always put the team, his players, and the game first. His legacy of excellence will forever be an important part of the history of the Steelers and the NFL. We extend our condolences to Chuck’s wife Marianne, his son Chris, the Noll family, and the Steelers organization.