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Chuck Noll Milestones


Born: Jan. 5, 1932, in Cleveland, Ohio
College: University of Dayton
NFL playing career: Cleveland Browns (1953-59, drafted in the 20th round — 239th overall — in 1953)
Assistant coach: L.A./San Diego Chargers (1960-65); Baltimore Colts (1966-68)
Head coach: Pittsburgh Steelers (1969-91)
Career record: 209-156-1
Super Bowl champions: 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979
Hall of Fame: Inducted in 1993 into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Jan. 27, 1969 – At age 37, Noll, then a Baltimore Colts assistant coach, is hired as the Steelers 14th head coach.
  • Sept. 21, 1969 – Steelers defeat Detroit Lions 16-13 in Noll’s coaching debut, but lose final 13 games.
  • Dec. 17, 1972 – Steelers beat san Diego Chargers 24-2 to go 11-3, their best record ever and make playoffs.
  • Dec 23, 1972 – Franco Harris scores on “Immaculate Reception” to beat Oakland Raiders 13-7 in first playoff victory in Steelers 40-year history.
  • Dec. 31, 1972 – Steelers lose to unbeaten Miami Dolphins 21-17 in their first AFC title game.
  • Jan. 12, 1975 – Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings 16-6 to win Super Bowl.
  • Jan. 18, 1976 – Steelers become third team to win consecutive Super Bowls, beating Dallas Cowboys 21-17.
  • Dec. 26, 1976 – Steelers lose to Oakland Raiders 24-7 in AFC title game.
  • Jan. 21, 1979 – Steelers successfully return to Super Bowl beating Dallas 35-31 behind MVP Terry Bradshaw’s passing.
  • Sept. 3, 1979 – Steelers beat New England Patriots 16-13 in overtime for Noll’s 100th victory.
  • Dec. 30, 1979 – Pittsburgh beats Houston Oilers in AFC title game for second year in a row, 27-13. The officials strip Oilers Mike Renfro of an apparent TD catch by ruling he was out of bounds.
  • Jan. 20, 1980 – Steelers win fourth Super Bowl in six years and seal status as NFL’s Team of the 70s by beating the Los Angeles Rams 31-19.
  • Jan. 1, 1983 – Steelers make playoffs for first time since last Super Bowl victory, but lose at home to San Diego Chargers 31-28 in the AFC tournament.
  • Jan. 6, 1984 – Dan Marino passes Miami Dolphins to a 45-28 victory over Steelers in the AFC title game.
  • Dec. 9, 1990 – Noll’s 200th victory comes in 24-3 win over Patriots.
  • Dec. 23, 1991 – Nollscores his 209th and final victory beating Cleveland Browns 17-10.
  • Dec. 26, 1991 – Noll retires after 23 season, fifth longest-tenure with the same team in U.S. pro sports history.
  • July. 31, 1993 – Noll inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • Jun. 13, 2014 – Noll dies at age of 82.

Credit: AP

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About Dave Bryan

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  • steelster

    Nice write up on the milestones, thanks Dave.

  • Dave Lammers

    thanks for the great life you will be remembered for as a legend ond noooo super bowl losses

  • BGINTN

    It dawned on me while reading this that Coach Noll has links to our most heated rival Cities:

    Born in Cleveland
    Coached in Baltimore
    Beat Oakland via Immaculate Reception
    Beat Patriots for 100th and 200th career victories

    I was too young to understand in the 70’s the true impact of what Coach did for not just for the City of Pittsburgh and the NFL, but for a whole generation of Steeler fans from every corner of globe, truly the birth of Steeler Nation!

    Thanks Coach! R.I.P.

  • Lil Smitty

    Chuck Noll was more interested in building a team and a fan base, than pleasing the media. Which seems to be the reason that with four super bowls and induction into the HOF, he was never voted as the coach of the year. RIP Coach Noll.

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