PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – The passing of Chuck Noll will leave a great impact on the Steelers organization, but to hear current Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert talk about him, his influence will always continue on.
Colbert joined the Starkey and Mueller Show to talk about his few encounters with the Steelers legend and how his influence will continue to be felt in the front office.
“The influence he had on the organization, it’s something you see and feel everyday, especially when you interact with Mr. Rooney or Art (Rooney) or Bob McCarthy, our video director who was here at the time when coach was here,” Colbert said. “Of course we had Joe Greene on our staff for a number of years in the scouting department and Joe always would talk about his experiences and the lessons that Coach Noll taught him. His influence is certainly something that’s felt everyday for sure.”
Having been born and raised in Pittsburgh, Colbert talks about growing up here and how Noll transformed an entire region into diehard Steelers fans.
“It was an exciting time for this region. The Steelers in the ’60s, unless you were a true football fan, probably weren’t real relevant,” Colbert remembered. “Obviously with Coach Noll’s hiring and the great drafting that they did in that era, they put together a dynasty. You became spoiled as a fan because you expected it because they were in contention and winning four Super Bowls in six years is something that’s never been done since, and I hate to say we took it for granted in those days, but winning was just something you expected. I think that’s the standard that he and the organization set in the ’70s and that’s the standard we try to live up to today.”
Click the audio link below to hear Colbert’s thoughts on how Chuck Noll’s coaching style would hold up in today’s NFL: