Legendary NFL coach Chuck Knox passes away at age 86

Former Seahawks coach Chuck Knox passes away at age 86

Former Seattle Seahawks coach Chuck Knox died after battling a lengthy battle with dementia, KIRO-TV reported.

Knox compiled a record of 186-147-1 in 22 seasons with the Rams, Seahawks and Buffalo Bills. His presence projects an external toughness, but merited instantaneous respect by the genuine care and concern he held for his players. "He was one of the great influences not only in football, but in life".

Chuck Knox, left, shakes hands with then-Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren after the franchise's last game at the Kingdome in December 1999. 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. "We hold his family in our thoughts and prayers during this hard time". While the legendary coach started his time with the Bills going 5-11, Knox led Buffalo to an 11-5 season and the AFC East Title in 1980. In 2005, Knox was inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor in recognition of his achievements with the franchise.

Knox was a two-way tackle at Juniata College in Pennsylvania, serving as a captain on the school's undefeated 1953 team.

Knox, who was nicknamed "Ground Chuck" because of his preference for attacking via the ground game, was responsible for the first division title in Seahawks history as well as their first playoff win.

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The Seahawks announced Knox's death Sunday morning, describing him as a "beloved figurehead by players, coaches and staff". "Great coach and an even better man".

He went on to be a high school coach, before moving onto colleges.

"He was successful everywhere he went for a long, long period of time", former Seattle wide receiver Steve Largent, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said of Knox (via seahawks.com). You gave me more guidance, hope, encouragement than anyone ever has. "I will treasure you forever", granddaughter Lee Ann Knox tweeted on Sunday. "I never saw another coach like that".

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.

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