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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Noll led Steelers to four Super Bowl wins

Chuck Noll played guard and linebacker with the Cleveland Browns from 1953-59, but will be forever remembered as the architect of the great Pittsburgh Steeler teams of the 70s and 80s. Noll was named 14th head coach in Steelers history on Jan. 27, 1969. The Steelers finished 1-13 in Noll's first season, but they made steady progress, posting 5-9 and 6-8 records in the following seasons. Noll built the Steelers on the strength of the draft. The foundation was laid with Terry Bradshaw, L.C. Greenwood, Joe Greene and Mel Blount. The fruits of the draft showed in 1972 when Pittsburgh went 11-3 and made it into post-season play. That began a string of eight straight years of post-season play. In 1974, the Steelers reached the Promised Land and won their first Super Bowl, a 16-6 triumph over the Minnesota Vikings. In 1975, the Steelers repeated as Super Bowl champions with a 21-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Pittsburgh would go on to win two more Super Bowls. Noll is the only coach to win four Super Bowl titles. Noll finished 23-year career at Pittsburgh with a 209-156-1 record. He was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

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