PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Chuck Noll’s life work is now complete.
Eight-two years of life from a man who brought life to a football franchise that was without any for the first 40 years of their existence.
Noll was hired to change the culture of losing – and he did forever, from a decade of disaster in the 1960s, to a decade of dominance in the 1970s.
Bob Pompeani remembers Chuck Noll:
He was the architect of four Super Bowl championships in six years.
Noll regarded himself, first and foremost, as a teacher, a guy who shunned any hint of celebrity.
Modesty could have been his middle name, as KDKA’s Bob Pompeani found out in one of his many interviews with him, including one during his nomination into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
Most people knew he was a slam dunk to win, but Noll was never one to beat his own drum.
“It’s tough to think about individual honors,” he said.
He continued, saying getting into the Hall of Fame was never a goal of his.
“Never thought about it,” he said.
He didn’t even think about who would be his presenter.
“I don’t think there’s much thought involved in that,” Noll said. “I would ask Dan (Rooney). It’s been a close, tight relationship for a long time and, you know, he would be the guy.”
And when Noll did win, Rooney was there to introduce him.
“And I can’t tell you how much you can gain, how much progress you can make by working together as a team, by helping one another,” Noll said upon accepting his award. “You get much more done that way and if there’s anything the Steelers in the ‘70s epitomized, I think it’s that teamwork.”