Former NFL Coach Chuck Knox Dies at 86

After a battle with dementia, veteran NFL coach Chuck Knox has passed away at the age 86. Knox is well known for his tenure with the Seattle Seahawks, coaching the team for nine years from 1983-1991, earning a track record 80-63 in the regular season. This made him the coach with the second most wins in franchise history, falling right behind coach Mike Holmgrem’s 86 wins.

Prior to his run with the Seattle Seahawks, he coached the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills through the 70s and early 80s. He would end his career with three seasons with the Rams again from 1992-1994. Sunday, the Seahawks expressed their sympathies for the Knox family’s loss. Chuck is survived by his wife, Shirley, his three children, and six grandchildren.

"The Seahawks family is saddened by the loss Chuck Knox, and our deepest sympathies are extended to his wife, Shirley, and the entire Knox family,” read Seattle’s ficial statement. “His presence projects an external toughness, but merited instantaneous respect by the genuine care and concern he held for his players. He was one the great influences not only in football, but in life."

Los Angeles also went on to issue a statement their own, noting Knox’s accomplishment in “being the only coach to lead the Rams to five consecutive double-digit-win seasons.”

“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 difficult time."

In total, Knox earned a record 186-147-1 in all 22 seasons that he served as a head coach in the NFL. He is still the only coach in league history to win Coach The Year with three different teams.


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