Former NFL Coach Chuck Knox Passes Away at 86


Chuck Knox, who led the Los Angeles Rams to 5 consecutive division titles within the 1970s and later guided the Seattle Seahawks to their first two playoff appearances, has died on the age of 86.

"He was successful everywhere he went for a long, long period of time", former Seattle wide receiver Steve Largent, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said of Knox (via The Rams issued the following statement on his passing.

Chuck Knox, left, shakes hands with then-Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren after the franchise's last game at the Kingdome in December 1999.

"The Seahawks family is saddened by the loss of Chuck Knox, and our deepest sympathies are extended to his wife, Shirley, and the entire Knox family", the Seahawks said in a statement. He coached the Rams (54-15-1) from 1973 to 1977, the Bills (37-36) from 1978 to 1982, the Seahawks from 1983 to 1991 and the Rams (15-33) again from 1992 to 1994.

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The Seahawks announced Knox's death Sunday morning, describing him as a "beloved figurehead by players, coaches and staff". Knox took the head coaching position in Seattle in 1983.

"His presence projected an exterior toughness, however merited instantaneous respect by the real care and concern he held for his gamers", the group stated in an announcement. Coach Knox was a man made of stone & grit but had heart for the game & his players that defined what playing in the National Football League was all was my Honor to share the game you loved & thank you for being my COACH, ' former player Brian Bosworth tweeted.

He was nicknamed "Ground Chuck" for his emphasis on the run game.

A Pennsylvania native, Knox broke into professional soccer in 1963, when he was employed to be the offensive line coach for the AFL's New York Jets. "I never saw another coach like that". "I'll miss you forever". "It was one of those things at the time that you don't like, but I needed to hear it".