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Old 14.06.2014, 06:18 AM
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Good thing is he lives forever....

In 1969, Chuck Noll took over a Steelers team that had never won a title of any kind. By the time he left 23 seasons later, the Steelers had become one of the NFL's greatest dynasties, with four Super Bowl wins.

The man-mind behind the greatest draft class of all-time....

Steelers history has two eras: things that happened before Chuck Noll arrived, and things that happened afterward.

In the first era, the Steelers were woeful losers. In the first 40 years of their existence the Steelers made the playoffs only twice and did not win a division title until 1972, while treating the NFL draft as if it were punishment instead of a chance to bolster their roster. They often traded away their picks, and they filled the choices they couldn't trade away with names of college players they read about in preseason college football magazines.

They were particularly fallible when it came to quarterbacks, trading away or cutting an impressive list of players, including future Hall of Famers Sid Luckman, Johnny Unitas and Len Dawson as well as Jack Kemp, Earl Morrall and Bill Nelsen, who quarterbacked championship teams in the AFL and NFL in the 1960s. Instead, the Steelers turned their offenses over to an undistinguished group that included Ted Marchibroda, Kent Nix and Dick Shiner.

The Steelers' philosophy turned 180 degrees after Noll was hired as head coach in 1969. He wanted the Steelers to build with their draft choices and set the tone by choosing Joe Greene of North Texas State with his first pick. The selection signaled two hallmarks of the new Pittsburgh Steelers: ferocious defense and terrific drafting.

Noll and his staff were at their drafting best in 1974, starting with Southern Cal wide receiver Lynn Swann with the 21st selection of the first round and not finishing until they had called the names of four men who would end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio -- Swann, Kent State linebacker Jack Lambert, Alabama A&M receiver John Stallworth and Wisconsin center Mike Webster.

I love that Mean Joe Greene was Knoll's first draft pick ever as a head coach...that just says everything about what the Steelers became, doesn't it?

1969: "Mean Joe" Greene (Round 1) was Noll's first draft choice, and it signaled the dawn of the Steel Curtain defense. Greene earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 1969 and Defensive Player of the Year awards in 1972 and 1974.

Chuck Noll - legend.

Funny how life works out - if JoePa takes the Steelers job...does Noll succeed elsewhere in another HC postion or get a chance?

He sure made the most of it.
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