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Legendary Seahawks coach Chuck Knox dead at 86

Legendary Seahawks coach Chuck Knox dead at 86 Legendary NFL coach Chuck Knox passes away at age 86
Cary Erickson | 14 May, 2018, 05:53

Chuck Knox, who has the second-most victories of any coach in Seattle Seahawks history and who also coached the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills, died at age 86 after suffering from dementia.

Known as "Ground Chuck" for his team's emphasis on running the ball, Knox coached the Los Angeles Rams (1973-77, 1992-94), Buffalo Bills (1978-82) and Seahawks (1983-91).

More details to come. "He was one of many nice influences not exclusively in soccer, however in life".

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Chuck Knox, left, shakes hands with then-Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren after the franchise's last game at the Kingdome in December 1999. After five seasons, he took over the Seahawks in 1983 and immediately led the franchise to its first playoff berth and the AFC title game. The Rams, led by the "Fearsome Foursome" line of defense, misplaced three consecutive NFC Championship video games between 1974 and 1976.

A Pennsylvania native, Knox broke into professional soccer in 1963, when he was employed to be the offensive line coach for the AFL's New York Jets. "The memories and accomplishments that Coach Knox left behind will continue to inspire us and Rams fans". He was a high school assistant at Tyrone and then head coach at Ellwood City before moving on to Wake Forest and Kentucky. He served as an assistant coach at Wake Forest and Kentucky, then jumped to the National Football League, where he worked as an offensive line coach for the Jets and Lions until he was hired by the Rams in 1973. Coach Knox was a man made of stone & grit but had heart for the game & his players that defined what playing in the National Football League was all was my Honor to share the game you loved & thank you for being my COACH, ' former player Brian Bosworth tweeted. I never saw another coach like that, ' he added.

His granddaughter confirmed his passing via Twitter Sunday morning with a heartfelt message. "I'll miss you forever". No one else will ever compare, ' she wrote.