U.S. Senate makes September 7 “Chuck Noll Day”

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As if the Steelers didn’t have enough incentive to beat the Browns when the two teams get together at Heinz Field in Week One, the U.S. Senate has given them another reason to play hard and win.

And it has nothing to do with the Steelers changing their name.

The Senate passed a resolution making September 7 “Chuck Noll Day,” according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“Chuck Noll was one of the greatest coaches in NFL history and played a huge part in turning the once downtrodden Steelers franchise into the powerhouse it has been for the last 40-plus years,” Republican Pat Toomey said on the floor of the Senate.  “The City of Pittsburgh and football fans across Pennsylvania will miss Coach Noll.”

Pennsylania’s Democratic senator joined in the effort to secure the resolution.

“Chuck Noll provided the culture of success on and off the field,” Bob Casey said.  “Not only was he a great representative of Pittsburgh and a legendary coach who reached the heights of his profession, but more importantly, he inspired his players, his staff, and the entire Steelers Nation to strive for greatness.

“This resolution honors his milestones of creating the Steel Curtain and winning four Super Bowls. We will never forget the impact he had on all of Western Pennsylvania and Steelers fans across the nation and worldwide.”

Noll died last month at the age of 82.  He coached the team from 1969 through 1991, transforming a long-suffering franchise into one of the finest in the sport.  As pointed out by Ray Fittipaldo of the Post-Gazette, Noll wouldn’t have wanted to be recognized with a resolution from the U.S. Senate.  Which is one of the reasons he deserves that honor and plenty of others.

39 responses to “U.S. Senate makes September 7 “Chuck Noll Day”

  1. I see that Congress is making great use of congressional time. I wonder what the line items are.

  2. Nothing aginst Noll, but people are killed defending this country and they don’t get a day.

  3. While this probably falls into the category of politicians who aren’t working hard enough on real issues, I still love it. Chuck was not only a good football coach, he was a good man, period. He’s well worth remembering.

    I caught this gem a few days ago and have been lying in the weeds, looking for a place to post it. This is as good a place as any. Dedicated to all you trolls out there! The average age of the Steelers projected starters going into the upcoming season:

    Offense – 26.1
    Defense – 25.8

    Young and talented, this is a team on the rise.

    R.I.P. Chuck Noll.
    Go Steelers!

  4. My apologies for every time I hit the report button, I’ve never intentionally hit that thing ever. It’s just so close to the thumbs 😦

  5. I’m sure chuck knoll was a great man. We are just fortunate that there are no other issues or problems in our country that we can afford our congress’ time to pontificate on such weighty issues.

  6. floratiotime says:
    Jul 9, 2014 8:54 AM
    Nothing aginst Noll, but people are killed defending this country and they don’t get a day.
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    It’s called Memorial Day.

  7. floratiotime says:
    Jul 9, 2014 8:54 AM
    Nothing aginst Noll, but people are killed defending this country and they don’t get a day.

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    And Vetern’s Day, too.

  8. What I mean to say was, this should have been done at the PA state senate level and not the US senate level… while I’m a huge steelers fan, this shouldn’t be a national thing. Like others have said, there are a ton of more important things to be focused on.

  9. In other related news…Congress is once again projected to not pass any legislation relevant to the American people!! Congressional vacation time are also expected to take a 50% hike!

  10. Guessing one of the PA Senators is up for reelection, and just looking for a little boost from a time wasting non-action while in a time wasting do nothing congress, I mean they have to say that they did “something” right?

  11. Besides, at least it’s something those clowns all probably agreed on. That almost never happens in these days of political spite. Worst congress EVER.

    Go Steelers!

  12. Ahh The Washington Congressmen. Half the team wants to play left wing, the other half wants to play right wing and nobody wants to play center until the trade deadline is approaching. The budget for defense is higher than all the other teams combined and their goalie is watching his own net.

  13. @floratiotime They have two days, numerous bridges, monuments, parks and freeways/highways.

  14. Do some of you people even know what your Senators and Representatives do? They obviously can’t agree on much of anything these days anyway, so nothing is going to get done, but even when they do, the legislative process is a big disorganized mess full of a whole lot of talking and standing around for hours on end. Squeezing this or any other superfluous nonsense in isn’t taking away from them doing anything important.

  15. Hard to believe that there are still so-called football fans who continue to misspell the name of the only coach in NFL history to win four Super Bowls.

  16. During “Leap Year” lets call the extra day The Bud Grant/Marv Levy Day”. It only happens once every four years, for the 4 Super Bowls they each lost.

  17. Nothing wrong with Noll being recognized. I’d like to see a special to memorialize the defeat of the Confederacy. That was a special time in history.

  18. blackandyella says:
    Jul 9, 2014 9:15 AM
    floratiotime says:
    Jul 9, 2014 8:54 AM
    Nothing aginst Noll, but people are killed defending this country and they don’t get a day.
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    It’s called Memorial Day.

    Flippant comment! One day for hundreds of thousands of people is not a legitimate comparison.

    I liked Noll but c’mon senators! This is a game we’re talking about. What about dedicated teachers, doctors etc. who actually change lives in meaningful ways?

  19. All stadiums that play on September 7 should have a moment of silence for Mr. Noll and I only hope that the Steelers honor with either a CHN patch on their uniforms and/or jerseys. Other than that, I do not think the resolution means anything.

  20. Nothing wrong with Noll being recognized. I’d like to see a special to memorialize the defeat of the Confederacy. That was a special time in history.

    Who says it was defeated?

  21. Dirty Harry Reid must have looked up the old voter rolls and determined that Chuck was a registered Dumbocrat, otherwise this resolution would have never reached the floor.

  22. tootitan says:
    Jul 9, 2014 1:49 PM
    blackandyella says:
    Jul 9, 2014 9:15 AM
    floratiotime says:
    Jul 9, 2014 8:54 AM
    Nothing aginst Noll, but people are killed defending this country and they don’t get a day.
    —————————————————-
    It’s called Memorial Day.

    Flippant comment! One day for hundreds of thousands of people is not a legitimate comparison.

    I liked Noll but c’mon senators! This is a game we’re talking about. What about dedicated teachers, doctors etc. who actually change lives in meaningful ways?
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    Look, obviously it is way more honorable to die for your country, than it is to be a legendary football coach, but let’s not treat this like anything other than what it is. It’s only Chuck Noll Day for September 7, 2014. All the teams in the league who are playing that day, will honor Coach Noll before the start of their game. Nothing more, nothing less. You can’t give a day to each individual who fought and died for our country. Simple math will tell you that there aren’t enough days in the year to do that. That is why we honor them on Memorial Day.

  23. I would love for someone to dig up the C-SPAN video when this resolution was introduced by the two PA senators. Even though its one day and you have to give respect to Noll I’m not pleased anyone in our national government spent a second of time on it.

  24. I liked Noll but c’mon senators! This is a game we’re talking about. What about dedicated teachers, doctors etc. who actually change lives in meaningful ways?

    Not knocking others impact for sure, but he did have a meaningful impact on a lot of people’s lives. Coach Noll was far more interested in teaching and helping people find their “life’s work” than he was interested in football. Anyone who tried to talk football with the man usually got stonewalled, but if they wanted to talk intellectually about something else, Coach Noll was more than willing .

  25. Unfortunately, the age of the Stealers:

    Offense – 26.1
    Defense – 25.8

    is also the range of the head coach’s IQ.

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