Steelers' Chuck Noll, coach with the most Super Bowl rings, dead at 82

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  • "I'm proud to have played for him," says Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw
  • Chuck Noll, who coached the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969 to 1991, dies at 82
  • The Steelers were a perennial NFL doormat until Noll took over as head coach
  • "Noll never got the credit he deserved" says Don Shula
He picked up the Pittsburgh Steelers from the bottom of the pile, and when he finished with them, they had become a fearsome powerhouse. Chuck Noll, the man who led his team to four Super Bowl victories -- the most by any head coach -- died late Friday. He was 82.
Family was by his side when Noll passed away of natural causes at his home in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County medical examiner's office said. He had suffered from Alzheimer's and heart disease.
His Super Bowl triumphs are the tip of the iceberg of the winning legacy Noll left behind.
When he took over the helm of the Steelers in 1969, the team had not won a single title in nearly 40 years, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which inducted Noll into its Canton, Ohio, shrine in 1993.