Two US Senators from Pennsylvania have introduced a bipartisan resolution in honor of legendary Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll to designate Sunday, Sept. 7th as “Chuck Noll Day.” The Steelers will open their 2014 season at home against the Cleveland Browns that day.
Chuck Noll passed away last month at the age of 82. Noll coached the Steelers from 1969 to 1991 and remains the only coach in NFL history to win four Super Bowls.
Republican Senator Pat Toomey introduced the resolution to the Senate floor.
“Chuck Noll was one of the greatest coaches in NFL history and played a huge part in turning the once downtrodden Steelers franchise into the powerhouse it has been for the last 40-plus years. The City of Pittsburgh and football fans across Pennsylvania will miss coach Noll.” – Pat Toomey
Pennsylvania’s Democratic senator Bob Casey echoed his fellow senator’s statements.
“Chuck Noll provided the culture of success on and off the field. Not only was he a great representative of Pittsburgh and a legendary coach who reached the heights of his profession, but more importantly, he inspired his players, his staff, and the entire Steelers Nation to strive for greatness. This resolution honors his milestones of creating the Steel Curtain and winning four Super Bowls. We will never forget the impact he had on all of Western Pennsylvania and Steelers fans across the nation and worldwide.” – Bob Casey
The Steelers playing the Browns on “Chuck Noll Day” is also appropriate being that as a former NFL player, Noll played for the Cleveland Browns from 1953-1959. Not that the Steelers don’t already have enough incentive to start this season off with a win, but giving the Brownies a good, old fashioned beat-down on Chuck Noll Day seems more than appropriate.