Chuck Noll

Chuck Noll

His Life's Work

Book - 2016
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Chuck Noll: His Life's Work tells the story of a private man in a very public job. It explores the family ties that built his character, the challenges that defined his course, and the love story that shaped his life. By understanding the man himself, we can at last clearly see Noll's profound influence on the city, players, coaches, and game he loved. They are all, in a real sense, heirs to the football team Chuck Noll built.
Publisher: Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9780822944683
Branch Call Number: 796.332 MacCambridge
Characteristics: xix, 466 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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PimaLib_NormS Jan 26, 2017

Finally, a biography about one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. Michael MacCambridge has written an excellent book about Chuck Noll of the Pittsburgh Steelers, entitled, appropriately enough, “Chuck Noll: His Life’s Work”. Noll was the first coach to win three and four Super Bowls, the only coach so far to have won back-to-back Super Bowls twice, and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His powerful Steel Curtain defense was so good, the NFL had to change the rules to make it easier for offenses. The rantings of a misguided Steelers fan, you say? Google “Mel Blount rule” and see. (Mel Blount was a cornerback on those championship teams.) So, there is a lot of Steelers football in this book. But . . . there’s more than that. It is also a love story. Chuck was a private man doing a public job, and he found it difficult to open up to people, except for a few friends and his wife, Marianne, (cliché alert) the love of his life. They were devoted to one another. Love is an important word when describing the relationship between Chuck and his quarterback, too. An insecure, self-described mama’s boy, Terry Bradshaw desperately craved approval, and yes, love, from his coach. However, Chuck Noll was not warm and fuzzy with his players. He was not a screamer, but he often was cold, aloof, and emotionally detached. Bradshaw was molded into a four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, but he is still upset at how he was treated by his coach. In this book, Chuck Noll comes across as an imperfect man but a good man, and a great football coach. That seems about right.


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