Chuck Noll

Chuck Noll

His Life's Work

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Chuck Noll won four Super Bowls and presided over one of the greatest football dynasties in history, the Pittsburgh Steelers of the '70s. Later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his achievements as a competitor and a coach are the stuff of legend. But Noll always remained an intensely private and introspective man, never revealing much of himself as a person or as a coach, not even to the players and fans who revered him. Chuck Noll did not need a dramatic public profile to be the catalyst for one of the greatest transformations in sports history. In the nearly four decades before he was hired, the Pittsburgh Steelers were the least successful team in professional football, never winning so much as a division title. After Noll's arrival, his quiet but steely leadership quickly remolded the team into the most accomplished in the history of professional football. And what he built endured well beyond his time with the Steelers -- who have remained one of America's great NFL teams, accumulating a total of six Super Bowls, eight AFC championships, and dozens of division titles and playoff berths. In this penetrating biography, based on deep research and hundreds of interviews, Michael MacCambridge takes the measure of the man, painting an intimate portrait of one of the most important figures in American football history.
Publisher: Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016
ISBN: 9780822944683
0822944685
Branch Call Number: 921 Noll
Description: xix, 466 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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PimaLib_NormS Jan 26, 2017

Finally, a biography about one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. Michael MacCambridge has written an excellent book about Chuck Noll of the Pittsburgh Steelers, entitled, appropriately enough, “Chuck Noll: His Life’s Work”. Noll was the first coach to win three and four Super Bowls, the only coach so far to have won back-to-back Super Bowls twice, and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His powerful Steel Curtain defense was so good, the NFL had to change the rules to make it easier for offenses. The rantings of a misguided Steelers fan, you say? Google “Mel Blount rule” and see. (Mel Blount was a cornerback on those championship teams.) So, there is a lot of Steelers football in this book. But . . . there’s more than that. It is also a love story. Chuck was a private man doing a public job, and he found it difficult to open up to people, except for a few friends and his wife, Marianne, (cliché alert) the love of his life. They were devoted to one another. Love is an important word when describing the relationship between Chuck and his quarterback, too. An insecure, self-described mama’s boy, Terry Bradshaw desperately craved approval, and yes, love, from his coach. However, Chuck Noll was not warm and fuzzy with his players. He was not a screamer, but he often was cold, aloof, and emotionally detached. Bradshaw was molded into a four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, but he is still upset at how he was treated by his coach. In this book, Chuck Noll comes across as an imperfect man but a good man, and a great football coach. That seems about right.

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