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Chuck Noll

Charles Henry Noll was an American professional football player and head coach. Regarded as one of the greatest head coaches of all time, his sole head coaching position was for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL) from 1969 to 1991. When Noll retired after 23 years, only three other head coaches in NFL history had longer tenures with one team.

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It would have been great to have had 10 victories and been in the playoffs and have gone all the way and then said, 'Goodbye,' but it didn't work out that way.
Respectability? Who wants to be respectable? That's spoken like a true loser.
Mamas, don't let your sons grow up to be Cowboys... or Oilers. — © Chuck Noll
Mamas, don't let your sons grow up to be Cowboys... or Oilers.
I'm really not a celebrity; I'm just a teacher.
Pressure is something you feel when you don't know what you're doing.
A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning.
The key to a winning season is focusing on one opponent at a time. Winning one week at a time. Never look back and never look ahead.
Never make a major decision based solely on money.
Losing has nothing to do with geography.
It's not pleasant when you lose your whole football team.
I used to tell the players that professional football is a part-time profession. I used to tell them it gets you ready for your life's work.
Some coaches pray for wisdom. I pray for 260-pound tackles. They'll give me plenty of wisdom.
Everyone's job is important, but no one is indispensable. — © Chuck Noll
Everyone's job is important, but no one is indispensable.
The critics are always right. The only way you shut them up is by winning.
I tried to look around to see what I wanted to do. Football was something I knew the most about.
I've always avoided publicity. I've never been good copy at any stage of my life. I don't strive for it, because I don't think it's important whether I'm good copy or not. The two can go together, if that's your personality, but every person on this earth is unique.
The thrill isn't in the winning, it's in the doing.
We were really lucky and fortunate in the '70s because we got a group of not only good football players but good people... a group that wanted to be together and wanted to be the best.
One of the things you learn in football is that you're only as good as your last outing. I don't like to reflect on what we've done in the past. I'm not a very good storyteller, for one thing. I'd disappoint you. When it's time, I'll talk about the good old days. But it's a sign of old age, reveling in the past.
Good things happen to those who hustle.
It's not my job to hold your hand. It's my job to take motivated people and show them how to become better.
Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it.
Right now, you hear about teamwork, and it's defined as 50-50, and that is a falsehood. There's no such thing as 50-50. You know, you do whatever you have to do as part of the team.
In 1969, we decided we had to do certain things technically to win, and we decided to do them then, even though we knew some of the personnel couldn't do it. In other words, instead of adapting the system to the players, we just installed our system. Then we set out to fill our team through the draft.
The single most important thing we had in the Steelers of the '70s was the ability to work together.
You can't make a great play until you first do it in practice.
Watch the film, not the stopwatch.
In order to WIN the game, you must first not LOSE it.
Being stubborn is a virtue when you're right; it's only a character flaw when you're wrong. — © Chuck Noll
Being stubborn is a virtue when you're right; it's only a character flaw when you're wrong.
On every team, there is a core group that sets the tone for everyone else. If the tone is positive, you have half the battle won. If it is negative, you are beaten before you ever walk on the field.
The most interesting thing about this sport, at least to me, it the activity of preparation-any aspect of preparation for the games. The thrill isn't in the winning, it's in the doing.
Champions do ordinary things better than everyone else.
As you gain experience, you mature as an individual, and along with that comes the confidence that you have the ability to solve problems.
If you want to win, do the ordinary things better than anyone else does them day in and day out.
Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary but because they do the ordinary things better than anyone else.
Leaving the game plan is a sign of panic, and panic is not in our game plan.
Good things come to those who hustle
Pressure is what you feel when you don't know what's going on.
Pressure is something you feel when you do not know what you are doing. — © Chuck Noll
Pressure is something you feel when you do not know what you are doing.
I can't tell you how much you gain, how much progress you can make, by working together as a team, by helping one another. You get much more done that way. If there's anything the Steelers of the '70s epitomized, I think it was that teamwork.
Some citizens are so good that nothing a leader can do will make them better. Others are so incorrigible that nothing can be done to improve them. But the great bulk of the people go with the moral tide of the moment. The leader must help create that tide. Some coaches pray for wisdom. I pray for 260-pound tackles. They'll give me plenty of wisdom.
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