Former Seahawks, Bills Coach Chuck Knox Dies At 86; Tributes Pour In
Former Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox died Saturday at age 86.
Chuck Knox Dead At 86
According to the Seattle Times, Knox had been diagnosed with dementia. In his 22 seasons in the NFL, Knox coached the Seahawks (1983-91), the Buffalo Bills (1978-82) and the Los Angeles Rams (1973-77, 1992-94).
Knox boasts the second-most victories of any coach in Seahawks history, according to ESPN. He led the team to a 80-63 overall record. Knox was named the AP Coach of the Year in 1973, 1980 and 1984, and was nicknamed “Ground Chuck” for his run-heavy offenses.
Only former coach Mike Holmgren (86-74) has more wins in Seattle’s franchise history.
The Seahawks released the following statement on the former coach’s death:
Our statement on the passing of Chuck Knox. pic.twitter.com/npXULySvTG
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) May 13, 2018
Knox led his teams to the postseason 11 times, and went 7-11. He even helped lead the Seahawks to the AFC Championship Game in 1983.
Among the stars who played under Knox were running back Curt Warner and two Hall of Famers: wide receiver Steve Largent and safety Kenny Easley.
Here are more tributes to Knox from around the NFL:
Sending out heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and former players of Coach Chuck Knox— a true Seahawks legend and a man who had a great impact on so many.
— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) May 13, 2018
— Jack Youngblood (@theblood85) May 13, 2018
Embracing this man was a moment I have never forgotten. Coach Knox was a man made of stone & grit but had heart for the game & his players that defined what playing in the NFL was all about..it was my Honor to share the game you loved & thank you for being my COACH. @Seahawks pic.twitter.com/PjscjipWB5
— Brian Bosworth (@GotBoz44) May 13, 2018
We are saddened by the loss of Chuck Knox, a legendary coach and member of the #LARams family.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) May 13, 2018
Knox was inducted into the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor in 2005.