Legendary NFL coach Chuck Knox passes away at age 86

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

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

Knox was a three-time Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year (1973, 1980, 1984) and was inducted into the Seahawks' Ring of Honor on September 25, 2005.

BC-FBN-Obit-Chuck Knox, 132 Former Seahawks, LA Rams coach Chuck Knox dies at 86Eds: APNewsNow.

Known as "Ground Chuck" for his team's emphasis on running the ball, Knox coached the Los Angeles Rams (1973-77, 1992-94), Buffalo Bills (1978-82) and Seahawks (1983-91). In 2005, Knox was inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor in recognition of his achievements with the franchise.

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Knox, whose gritty toughness reflected his background as the son of a Western Pennsylvania steel worker, died Saturday after a lengthy battle with dementia, the Seahawks confirmed Sunday.

Knox's best work may have been in Seattle, where the Seahawks had not made the playoffs since entering the National Football League in 1976.

He immediately reeled off five straight seasons with 10-plus wins, including three consecutive berths in the NFC championship game from 1974 to 1976, then left to join the Bills. The Rams issued the following statement on his passing.

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"The memories and accomplishments that Coach Knox left behind will continue to inspire us and Rams fans", they added. "We hold his family in our thoughts and prayers during this hard time".

"He was a guy who just commanded respect, and you gave it to him".

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in 2016, Tom Mack, a former Rams guard and Pro Football Hall of Famer, said "Chuck Knox was the best coach I ever had".

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Knox entered professional football in the AFL with the New York Jets as offensive line coach in 1963 and played a key role in the recruitment of quarterback Joe Namath, who had been drafted by the NFL's St. Louis Cardinals. "As Knox said himself, 'What you do speaks so well, no need to hear what you say'". I will treasure you forever. I never saw another coach like that, ' he added. Chuck is survived by his wife, Shirley, his three children, and six grandchildren.

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