The Seattle Seahawks, whom he took to their playoff successes in franchise history, confirmed the death Sunday.
Legendary NFL head coach Chuck Knox has passed away at the age of 86.
"His presence projected an exterior toughness, however merited instantaneous respect by the real care and concern he held for his gamers", the group stated in an announcement. He was inducted by the team in 2005. Nicknamed "Ground Chuck" due to his run-first offenses, Knox was named NFL Coach of the Year three times - in 1973, 1980 and 1984. He took over a team that hadn't had a winning season in four years and turned it into a perennial playoff contender.
Chuck was known to be a coach that wanted the best for his players and taught them that football was more than a sport.
Shortly after the organization's official statement on Knox's passing, the Seahawks Twitter account shared a video collage in remembrance of a franchise great.
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Viola! Months later, Seattle played the hand it dealt itself into its first-ever playoff berth. Knox's Super Bowl dreams ended there, as the Seahawks lost to the eventual champion Los Angeles Raiders. Knox's personality, expertise and excellence had instantly transformed the franchise. But Knox again fell short in the playoffs, and was again gone after five years.
Knox's 80 wins from 1983-91 were most by a coach in team history, until Mike Holmgren broke that mark in the 2000s.
Knox, who hailed from Sewickley, Pennsylvania, led a successful career in the National Football League and was named Coach of the Year three times in 1973, 1980 and 1984. Knox also coached the Rams (two different times) and Bills. "I know I made the right choice". God bless you always.
Charles Robert Knox was born April 27, 1932, in Sewickley, Penn., just west of Pittsburgh. His coaching career began as an assistant at Juniata.
He had stints as an assitant coach at Wake Forest and Kentucky and then became an offensive line coach, first for the Jets in the AFL and then for the Lions in the NFL. Had it not been for the hire, Gang Green might not have drafted quarterback Joe Namath in 1965. Three-fifths of that line - Hill, Schmitt and Herman - went on to start in Super Bowl III two years later.