Chuck Noll would not have approved of a resolution to honor his memory, but Pennsylvania’s U.S. senators passed one Tuesday that will commemorate the life of the former Steelers coach on the day his former team opens the 2014 season against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field.
According to the resolution, Sept. 7 is designated “Chuck Noll Day” and recognizes the life and career of the former coach and his contributions to Pittsburgh, the commonwealth and the NFL.
Noll, who coached the Steelers from 1969-91 and led the team to four Super Bowl titles, died June 13 at his Sewickley home.
“Chuck Noll was one of the greatest coaches in NFL history and played a huge part in turning the once downtrodden Steelers franchise into the powerhouse it has been for the last 40-plus years,” Republic Pat Toomey said in introducing the resolution on the Senate floor. “The City of Pittsburgh and football fans across Pennsylvania will miss [c]oach Noll.”
“Chuck Noll provided the culture of success on and off the field,” Democrat Bob Casey said. “Not only was he a great representative of Pittsburgh and a legendary coach who reached the heights of his profession, but more importantly, he inspired his players, his staff, and the entire Steelers Nation to strive for greatness.
“This resolution honors his milestones of creating the Steel Curtain and winning four Super Bowls. We will never forget the impact he had on all of Western Pennsylvania and Steelers fans across the nation and worldwide.”