Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll died Friday at the age of 82. Those hoping to pay their respects can do so tonight.
Via the Associated Press, a public viewing will be conducted on Sunday from John A. Freyvogel Sons in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. Hours are 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.
Visitation also will be held on Monday, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET. Noll’s funeral mass will occur at 10:00 a.m. ET Tuesday at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Of all the tributes that have been paid to Noll since his passing, Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw painted a picture of a man who knew how to get the best from those around him.
“I came out of an environment with nothing but pats on the back and love,” Bradshaw said. “With him it was nowhere near that. I had to go through all the developments emotionally of how to deal with it. He was a tough coach to me, and I spent more time with him than anybody, so I know. I learned how to be mentally tough with him, and for that I can never say thank you enough, because that got me through divorces, Super Bowls, and those times when I had bad moments in big games.
‘He made me mentally strong, which I wasn’t. And he instilled in me a great work ethic. I had a good work ethic, but preparation was paramount with him, so we spent a lot of time going through preparations for the games. He was an amazing guy. I watched him more than he watched me. I had a great amount of fear for him. He’s kind of like a father from whom you want approval and you don’t quite get it, and in the advent of that journey you work harder and harder, you try to get better and better, and then when it’s all said and done he says, ‘Thank you. You were a great quarterback.’ And you say, ‘Wow!'”
“Wow” is the most appropriate word when describing what Noll managed to do with a Steelers organization that was regarded as very bad for as long as it has now been regarded as very good. And “wow” will surely be the prevailing reaction to those who see the number of Steelers fans who flock to pay their respects to the late coach.