After a fight with dementia, veteran NFL manager Chuck Knox has passed away at 86 years old. Knox is notable for his residency with the Seattle Seahawks, training the group for a long time from 1983-1991, winning a reputation of 80-63 in the customary season.
This made him the coach with the second most wins in franchise history, falling right behind coach Mike Holmgrem’s 86 wins.
Prior to his run with the Seattle Seahawks, he coached the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills through the 70s and early 80s. He would end his career with three seasons with the Rams again from 1992-1994. Sunday, the Seahawks expressed their sympathies for the Knox family’s loss.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Shirley, his three children, and six grandchildren.
“The Seahawks family is saddened by the loss of Chuck Knox, and our deepest sympathies are extended to his wife, Shirley, and the entire Knox family,” read Seattle’s official statement. “His presence projects an external toughness, but merited instantaneous respect by the genuine care and concern he held for his players. He was one of the great influences not only in football, but in life.”
Our statement on the passing of Chuck Knox. pic.twitter.com/npXULySvTG
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) May 13, 2018
Los Angeles also went on to issue a statement of their own, noting Knox’s accomplishment in “being the only coach to lead the Rams to five consecutive double-digit-win seasons.”
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
“The memories and accomplishments that Coach Knox left behind will continue to inspire us and Rams fans,” they added. “We hold his family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
In total, Knox earned a record of 186-147-1 in all 22 seasons that he served as a head coach in the NFL. He is still the only coach in league history to win Coach of The Year with three different teams.
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
Chuck Knox dead at 86. One of the more underrated coaches of all-time. His #Rams team in the 1970s were something else. Just couldn’t get over the hump. 54-15-1 with five straight NFC West crowns from 73-77
— John McMullen (@JFMcMullen) May 13, 2018