STATEMENT BY ARCHABBOT DOUGLAS R. NOWICKI, O.S.B. CHANCELLOR, SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE ON THE PASSING OF FORMER STEELERS COACH CHUCK NOLL:
Chuck Noll taught many young men not only how to play the demanding game of professional football, but by his example, he taught all of us how to play the demanding game of life.
He had an unconquerable peace and courage about him which was determined by his spiritual faith, not by the good or bad circumstances of the moment. Chuck Noll was a Hall-of-Fame coach, and more importantly, a Hall-of-Fame man.
It is nice for us at Saint Vincent to remember that Chuck Noll himself was taught and influenced by the Benedictines, graduating from Benedictine High School in Cleveland.
Many remember him as a strong, self-effacing presence during the many years of training camp at Saint Vincent. Perhaps one exception to his style of avoiding the limelight was when he conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a great performance of Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" at an outdoor concert on campus on Aug. 9, 1989. Of course, I had the distinct impression that the Symphony players were not paying too much attention to the beat of his baton.
What set Chuck Noll apart was his remarkable ability as a teacher. His subject was football & his students became 4-time Super Bowl champs
What set Chuck Noll apart was his remarkable ability as a teacher. His subject was football & his students became 4-time Super Bowl champs — Roger Goodell (@nflcommish) June 14, 2014
RIP Chuck. You had such a positive impact on many people's lives. It was an Honor and a Blessing to follow in your footsteps. Thanks Coach! — Bill Cowher (@CowherCBS) June 14, 2014
Nobody had more impact on Pittsburgh sports than Chuck Noll. Hard to believe anybody ever will. People think Pittsburgh was always a — John Steigerwald (@Steigerworld) June 14, 2014
Chuck Noll wasn't just great. Wasn't just a winner. Chuck Noll was IMPORTANT. Important like so few in Pgh sports have ever been. — Mark Madden (@MarkMaddenX) June 14, 2014
An NFL without Chuck Noll is an NFL with an entirely different history. — SIDougFarrar (@SIDougFarrar) June 14, 2014
Chuck Noll has passed away. Most fascinating man I've ever met. — Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) June 14, 2014
Chuck Noll was never about brining attention to himself...He is every bit as legendary as Vince Lombardi — Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) June 14, 2014
Chuck Noll never cared if he got the credit, but he was the one who deserves it the most. Maybe greatest building job in NFL history. — Alan Robinson (@arobinson_Trib) June 14, 2014
The word immortal gets thrown around far too often but it fit Chuck Noll. — John Perrotto (@jperrotto) June 14, 2014
Once asked G Brandt what springs 2 mind at mention of Chuck Noll name:"An unassuming guy who accomplished a lot without bragging about it." — Joe Starkey (@JoeStarkey1) June 14, 2014