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Legendary NFL coach Chuck Knox passes away at age 86

14 May, 2018, 13:16 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Legendary Seahawks coach Chuck Knox dead at 86

Sunday, the Seahawks expressed their sympathies for the Knox family's loss. In his first season with the Seahawks, Knox took the team to the AFC Championship Game. On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks confirmed the death of their former sideline boss who was suffering from dementia.

"Chuck Knox, my 1st National Football League coach, was a hard nose, blue collar coach". "The memories and accomplishments that Coach Knox left behind will continue to inspire us and Rams fans". "He was one of many nice influences not exclusively in soccer, however in life". He coached the Rams (54-15-1) from 1973 to 1977, the Bills (37-36) from 1978 to 1982, the Seahawks from 1983 to 1991 and the Rams (15-33) again from 1992 to 1994.

"He established a winning culture and a legacy that will never be forgotten, being the only coach to lead the Rams to five consecutive double-digit-win seasons", the Rams said of Knox in a statement. He led the Seattle Seahawks for nine years and took the Los Angeles Rams to three straight NFC championship games.

Knox spent another five seasons in Buffalo, going 37-36 but ending up in a contract dispute with owner Ralph Wilson that led to his departure for Seattle. Between the two times he coached, he had a 69-49 record with the Rams.

Knox started his career as football captain of his team at Juniata College in Pennsylvania. He was a high school assistant at Tyrone and then head coach at Ellwood City before moving on to Wake Forest and Kentucky.

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Knox entered professional football in the AFL with the New York Jets as offensive line coach in 1963 and played a key role in the recruitment of quarterback Joe Namath, who had been drafted by the NFL's St. Louis Cardinals.

After 1984, Knox coached seven more years in Seattle but only won 10 or more games once, in 1986.

"We are saddened by the loss of Chuck Knox, a legendary coach, and member of the Los Angeles Rams family", the team said in a statement.

'He always took the time to know each player well enough that he could talk to each player and hit their hot buttons. "That kind of coaching helped me become a better player".

'RIP Popster. I'll miss you forever.

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