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Mean Joe Greene, Art Rooney II among Chuck Noll’s pallbearers

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Past and current Steelers came out today to pay their respects to Chuck Noll, the four-time Super Bowl-winning head coach who was laid to rest after a funeral service at Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh.

Steelers president Art Rooney II, former Steelers Andy Russell and Mean Joe Greene, and former Steelers director of communications Joe Gordon were among the pallbearers. Others in attendance included Steelers Hall of Famers John Stallworth, Franco Harris and Mel Blount and many more recent Steelers who didn’t play for Noll but wanted to pay their respects, including Ike Taylor, Maurkice Pouncey and Ben Roethlisberger. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also attended.

It’s a sad day for all of us,” said Hall of Fame receiver Lynn Swann, via WTAE. “When you leave this world, people take a moment to look at what you’ve done, look at your past, what you’ve built and what you stand for, and I think that will stand positively for a long time for Chuck Noll.”

Noll, who died on Friday at age 82, coached the Steelers from 1969 to 1991.

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36 Responses to “Mean Joe Greene, Art Rooney II among Chuck Noll’s pallbearers”
  1. briscocountyjr says: Jun 17, 2014 3:26 PM

    Noll is a legendary part of the NFL’s history, impacted the game toward a higher level– RIP Chuck. Also, what would he say about Big Ben’s weight problem, I can’t see where he would put up with his QB getting overweight and ineffective.

  2. clbrwns says: Jun 17, 2014 3:35 PM

    RIP Chuck.

  3. Goodell's Green Glasses says: Jun 17, 2014 3:36 PM

    Steelers > your team

    6 rings.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 17, 2014 3:36 PM

    Well when I look back on the past I see only 5 people have coached more games than him (Halas, Shula, Landry, Lambeau, Reeves) so he must have been doing something right, and his legacy surely will stand positively for a long time. Also only Paul Brown’s career spanned more years not counting the first 4 names from above.

  5. ken14andersonforhof says: Jun 17, 2014 3:40 PM

    I would bet even Wicky Wacky Wyche shed a few tears….RIP Chuck Noll……….

  6. 6ball says: Jun 17, 2014 3:42 PM

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    Chuck Noll and Bill Belichick share many of the same coaching attributes.

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  7. doctormantistoboggan says: Jun 17, 2014 3:47 PM

    Peyton Manning > Chuck Noll

  8. lawboy2000 says: Jun 17, 2014 3:51 PM

    What? Jerry Glanville was a no-show?

    Thanks for everything, Chuck.

  9. uglyglazers says: Jun 17, 2014 3:51 PM

    He didn’t have any family to carry him?

  10. steelcurtainn says: Jun 17, 2014 3:54 PM

    One of the greatest coaches that ever lived. Chuck Noll will never be forgotten. He sits alone the top with superbowl victories 4-0. A record that will never be broken. RIP Chuck.

  11. aceakking says: Jun 17, 2014 3:56 PM

    The Steelers really have 5 rings. SB40 ring belongs to Bill Leavy and his crew.

  12. chawkup says: Jun 17, 2014 4:01 PM

    Great respect to an amazing man who revolutionized this fantastic game. RIP Chuck Noll. My condolences to his family, the Steelers organization, and Steelers fans everywhere. Even for those of us who don’t like the Steelers, it is very difficult not to recognize the tremendously positive impact that this man made on the game and the incredible success that Pittsburgh has had since he joined that organization.

  13. sparky151 says: Jun 17, 2014 4:02 PM

    Was Terry Bradshaw not there? Odd. I would have guessed Bradshaw and Greene (the leaders of the offense and defense) would be there. Greene came through at least.

  14. bluenose1965 says: Jun 17, 2014 4:05 PM

    Chuck Noll funeral story isn’t really the place for point scoring trolls.

    RIP Chuck.

  15. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 17, 2014 4:09 PM

    Something I didn’t realize prior to his death but was mentioned during the past few days here in Pittsburgh is that Lombardi inherited a team that featured eight eventual Hall-of-Famers. Chuck Noll, meanwhile, inherited a team in 1969 that had zero eventual Hall-of-Famers, although a case could be made for Andy Russell’s enshrinement.
    That’s what you call, “starting from scratch.”
    Very impressive.

  16. profish13 says: Jun 17, 2014 5:01 PM

    It’s times like these that respect is shown for one of the game’s greatest coaches, regardless of what team you like.

  17. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 17, 2014 5:44 PM

    Something I didn’t realize prior to his death but was mentioned during the past few days here in Pittsburgh is that Lombardi inherited a team that featured eight eventual Hall-of-Famers. Chuck Noll, meanwhile, inherited a team in 1969 that had zero eventual Hall-of-Famers, although a case could be made for Andy Russell’s enshrinement.
    That’s what you call, “starting from scratch.”
    Very impressive.

    Even tho I am beyond this posters 100 mile limit for “real” Steeler fans I heard the same factoid. Impressive, but everything was impressive about this humble man. I live near an area he lived for awhile and he was respected and a very down to earth person in spite of his fame.

  18. oakfan23 says: Jun 17, 2014 6:06 PM

    No Terry Bradshaw?

  19. queenlivekillers says: Jun 17, 2014 6:44 PM

    I’ll give credit where it is due. Chuck Knoll worked wonders turning the Steelers around, but it was not an overnight success. Lombardi may have inherited players who eventually became HOF inductees, but they were not playing that way before he came. Both coaches deserve credit for incredible rebuilding jobs.

  20. Smash-Mouth.com says: Jun 17, 2014 7:25 PM

    profish13 says:
    Jun 17, 2014 5:01 PM
    It’s times like these that respect is shown for one of the game’s greatest coaches, regardless of what team you like.

    Well said. If you’re a fan of football, I think you owe a debt of gratitude to some of the more iconic figures in the game and Chuck Noll is certainly one of them.

  21. abninf says: Jun 17, 2014 7:38 PM

    oakfan23 says:

    No Terry Bradshaw?
    ==================================

    Bradshaw has stated that he did not have a good relationship with him.

  22. tdbragg says: Jun 17, 2014 7:46 PM

    To take over a franchise that was the laughing stock of the league for many years , and then build it back literally from the ground up to the point where its now considered one of the greatest franchises in pro sports is remarkable . Chuck Noll , did it one draft , one player at a time . To be able to keep all those ego’s in check and keep everyone on the page was brilliant on his part . He led by example and very few words and his players respected him for it . Chuck Noll was every bit as important to the Steelers of the seventies as Vince Lombardi was to the Packers in the sixties . At the end of the day , hes the only coach in NFL history to win four Super Bowls . What else needs to be said ?

  23. Slapshot says: Jun 17, 2014 7:55 PM

    Not surprised Mean Joe was a pallbearer. After all, he was Chuck’s first pick as a head coach.

  24. corvetteman6 says: Jun 17, 2014 8:17 PM

    I grew up with the Steelers dynasty and to a great degree, it is that generation of football that has ruined the modern day sport for me. Just a different breed of coach and player than it is today and to any student of the game—any game, really—it is remarkably clear that money corrupts everything, and it has corrupted all sports as we know them, whether it is professional or college.
    I liked Coach Noll because he stood for something. He had morals. He had decency. He saw a bigger picture.
    I suspect many coaches of that era did too, whether it was Landry, Knox, Madden, Bum and many others.
    Different breed, different times. Character and integrity meant so much more.

  25. melikefootball says: Jun 17, 2014 8:53 PM

    Probably more impact than the Rooney’s in making Pittsburgh Champions. A man with no caring for the accolades only to have his players be better men.

  26. tncheese says: Jun 17, 2014 9:00 PM

    I have the greatest respect for Chuck Knoll & what he brought to the game. The depth of top tier talent that the Steelers had back then was astounding. RIP.

  27. mborz says: Jun 17, 2014 9:11 PM

    I grew up in an economically depressed area along the Ohio River south of Pittsburgh.

    Much like the 1980 Olympic Hockey Team gave American a lift when things felt bleak, the Steelers had the same effect on struggling cities near Pittsburgh like mine during the 70s.

    Without Noll, I just don’t see it happening. No way. Jack Ham recently said that even with all the talent they had, he thinks it took Noll’s planning and lessons to turn them into champions.

    Thanks Chuck.

  28. halftermguv says: Jun 17, 2014 10:28 PM

    It is nice to see the past and present players there paying their respect to the greatest Steelers coach of all time and certainly among the top ten NFL coaching legends.

    No surprise Bradshaw is absent, just as he wasn’t there for Art Rooney’s funeral. Bradshaw bleeds black and gold as long as its in front of the cameras.

    He has failed miserably in repaying the huge debt he owes to the players, coaches, and ownership that enabled him to have a Hall of Fame career.

  29. bigjayoakersonfan says: Jun 17, 2014 11:05 PM

    What a giant Noll was. He supposedly spurned Buffalo to come to the Burgh because he was convinced Dan Rooney was committed to winning.

    That’s an almost unbelievable statement considering how awful the Steelers were. Truly a terribly dysfunctional franchise prior to his arrival.

    Been a Steeler fan my entire life thanks to my family being from there, and I thank Mr. Noll for the many wonderful memories he’s provided me.

    Best to you, sir.

  30. ehsguy72 says: Jun 18, 2014 12:27 AM

    @assaking- “The Steelers really have 5 rings. SB40 ring belongs to Bill Leavy and his crew.”

    Like when the seahawks were gifted a playoff berth in 2012 (not that it mattered) by the replacement refs?

  31. olcap says: Jun 18, 2014 7:01 AM

    RIP Coach.

  32. tinytoolalldrool says: Jun 18, 2014 7:58 AM

    As much as I despise the Steeler fan trolls I have to admire Chuck Noll. A great man and coach. RIP Chuck.

  33. gmarsteller says: Jun 18, 2014 9:29 AM

    I was watching some of the Steelers programs on NFL Network on Sunday and heard something truly remarkable. Apparently the 1978 Steelers was the last team to win a Super Bowl made up entirely of home-grown talent. Oh how things have changed with free agency.

  34. lawboy2000 says: Jun 18, 2014 10:28 AM

    Take it easy on Bradshaw.

    It is unfair to judge a man by how he handles death. We each handle it in our way as it draws closer.

  35. dasg1970 says: Jun 18, 2014 12:31 PM

    Well said lawboy2000.
    Mr. Noll set the standard of what all coaches should be like. He knew the value of good work ethics and worked with each team member as they needed to be handled.
    Four Superbowl rings- no drama.
    As Myron would have said, “Yoi, Yoi and double Yoi!
    RIP Coach Noll. Pittsburgh will miss you and remember you always!

  36. kevo95 says: Jun 19, 2014 8:33 PM

    Class act organization

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