Monday, January 05, 2009

Happy Birthday Chuck Noll!

Certainly the greatest head coach in Pittsburgh Steelers history, and arguably the greatest head coach in the history of the NFL, Chuck Noll observes his 77th birthday today (1/5/1932).

We have great admiration for his successor, Bill Cowher, and understand why other NFL teams are interested in acquiring his services; but however impressive Mr. Cowher's accomplishments remember this ~ Chuck Noll has 48 more wins than Mr. Cowher.

In something of an oddity, Mr. Cowher ended his run as the Steelers' head coach on Mr. Noll's 75th birthday (1/5/2007).

For those of you who may be too young to have a clear recollection of Mr. Noll's tenure as head coach, take a moment to read this article, written by Paul Zimmerman (a.k.a. Dr. Z) for Sports Illustrated and published just three weeks after the Steelers had won their fourth Super Bowl.

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