Steelers assistant Hoak retires

Updated: January 2, 2007, 4:24 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Dick Hoak, a fixture with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a player and assistant coach for all but one year since 1961, has decided to retire.

Hoak, 67, played running back for the Steelers for 10 seasons (1961-70) and still ranks No. 5 in franchise history in rushing yards.

After his retirement as a player, Hoak coached at the high school level for one season, then was hired by Chuck Noll as the Steelers' backfield coach. When Bill Cowher succeeded Noll in 1992, Hoak was the only assistant ...

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