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June 15, 2014

Past players, co-workers remember Hall of Fame coach

Bradshaw: 'He was a tough coach to me.'

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“He was a father figure, with me being a young African-American growing up in the South and losing my father early in my college career. My father died during my freshman year of college. Just being young and immature, Chuck was a stabilizer; he was a stabilizing figure in my life. He was a great mentor and a great leader. He was special.” — Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Blount.
“He’s the one who turned the thing around. I played for a bunch of coaches, three or four coaches. You could tell it was going nowhere until he came. And you knew he had a plan. He knew what he wanted to do. He had the respect of all the players. A lot of times guys go around and make remarks about coaches and things like that, just kidding around. But nobody ever kidded around. They had the greatest respect for Chuck.” — former Steelers running back and assistant coach Dick Hoak.
“Chuck Noll’s passing is more than the loss of the man who created Steeler Nation. It is the passing of a husband, a father, and a wise and steady counselor to a generation of players and employees of the most storied franchise in football. ... As Chuck passes into sports history, the Steelers and all of Pennsylvania can take pride and inspiration from the example of faith, purpose and quiet leadership of this great man.” — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and first lady Susan Corbett.
 

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