Former Seahawks, Rams, Bills coach Chuck Knox dies

Former Seahawks, Rams, Bills coach Chuck Knox dies

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 led the Seattle Seahawks for nine years and took the Los Angeles Rams to three straight NFC championship games. Knox also coached the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills.

The Seahawks introduced Knox's demise Sunday morning, describing him as a "beloved figurehead by gamers, coaches and workers". 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.

Knox began his National Football League career as an assistant with the New York Jets and Detroit Lions before getting his first head coaching job with the Rams. "We hold his family in our thoughts and prayers during this hard time".

Knox, who won 186 regular-season games, recently entered hospice care prior to his death. Knox became aware of Namath when he was coaching high school ball in western Pennsylvania and Namath was first wowing fans at Beaver Falls HS outside of Pittsburgh.

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In 2005 he was inducted into the Seahawks' Ring of Honor, and was the only head coach to do so, according to ESPN.

His granddaughter Lee Ann Knox also paid a touching tribute to Knox on Twitter on Sunday.

His next stop was the Bills in 1978, and once again he turned around a lowly franchise, improving them to 11-5 by his third season.

Chuck was known to be a coach that wanted the best for his players and taught them that football was more than a sport. The legendary coach is the only coach to ever win AP Coach of the Year with three different franchises. "You're not always going to win".

Hall of Fame defensive end Jack Youngblood, who played under Knox with the Rams, tweeted a photo of a handwritten note that read, "Coach - I want to say thank you for your trust in me, allowing us to make our way to Canton". He began his coaching career as an assistant at Juniata. He left to take the same position in 1967 with the NFL's Detroit Lions, two seasons before the Jets upset the heavily favored Baltimore Colts to win Super Bowl III.