Former Bills coach Chuck Knox passes away at 86

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"He was one of many nice influences not exclusively in soccer, however in life".

There is no doubt, however, that Seattle would not have become the successful franchise it is without Chuck Knox being a head coach for the franchise during the beginning stages of Seahawks football. Nicknamed "Ground Chuck" due to his run-first offenses, Knox was named NFL Coach of the Year three times - in 1973, 1980 and 1984.

Former Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox waits on the bench before he is honored at halftime by the Seahawks on September 24 2005. He recorded a 186-147 record in the regular season and 7-11 in the playoffs.

Regardless of their common season successes, Knox groups routinely got here up brief within the playoffs. He won five straight NFC West titles from 1973-77, and he returned in 1992 for the franchise's final three seasons in Los Angeles before its move to St. Louis.

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 inducted into the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor in 2005.

"The Seahawks family is saddened by the loss of Chuck Knox, and our deepest sympathies are extended to his wife, Shirley, and the entire Knox family", the Seahawks said in a statement.

"He established a winning culture and a legacy that will never be forgotten, being the only coach to lead the Rams to five consecutive double-digit-win seasons", the Rams said in a statement.

Knox was at the helm for the Bills from 1978-1982.

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. He left to take the identical place in 1967 with the NFL's Detroit Lions, two seasons earlier than the Jets upset the closely favored Baltimore Colts to win Tremendous Bowl III.

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