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The Resource Chuck Noll : his life's work, Michael MacCambridge

Chuck Noll : his life's work, Michael MacCambridge

Label
Chuck Noll : his life's work
Title
Chuck Noll
Title remainder
his life's work
Statement of responsibility
Michael MacCambridge
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Chuck Noll won four Super Bowls and presided over one of the greatest football dynasties in history, the Pittsburgh Steelers of the '70s. Later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his achievements as a competitor and a coach are the stuff of legend. But Noll always remained an intensely private and introspective man, never revealing much of himself as a person or as a coach, not even to the players and fans who revered him. Chuck Noll did not need a dramatic public profile to be the catalyst for one of the greatest transformations in sports history. In the nearly four decades before he was hired, the Pittsburgh Steelers were the least successful team in professional football, never winning so much as a division title. After Noll's arrival, his quiet but steely leadership quickly remolded the team into the most accomplished in the history of professional football. And what he built endured well beyond his time with the Steelers -- who have remained one of America's great NFL teams, accumulating a total of six Super Bowls, eight AFC championships, and dozens of division titles and playoff berths. In this penetrating biography, based on deep research and hundreds of interviews, Michael MacCambridge takes the measure of the man, painting an intimate portrait of one of the most important figures in American football history. He traces Noll's journey from a Depression-era childhood in Cleveland, where he first played the game in a fully integrated neighborhood league led by an African-American coach and then seriously pursued the sport through high school and college. Eventually, Noll played both defensive and offensive positions professionally for the Browns, before discovering that his true calling was coaching. MacCambridge reveals that Noll secretly struggled with and overcame epilepsy to build the career that earned him his place as "the Emperor" of Pittsburgh during the Steelers' dynastic run in the 1970s, while in his final years, he battled Alzheimer's in the shelter of his caring and protective family. Noll's impact went well beyond one football team. When he arrived, the city of steel was facing a deep crisis, as the dramatic decline of Pittsburgh's lifeblood industry traumatized an entire generation. "Losing," Noll said on his first day on the job, "has nothing to do with geography." Through his calm, confident leadership of the Steelers and the success they achieved, the people of Pittsburgh came to believe that winning was possible, and their recovery of confidence owed a lot to the Steeler's new coach. The famous urban renaissance that followed can only be understood by grasping what Noll and his team meant to the people of the city. The man Pittsburghers could never fully know helped them see themselves better. Chuck Noll: His Life's Work tells the story of a private man in a very public job. It explores the family ties that built his character, the challenges that defined his course, and the love story that shaped his life. By understanding the man himself, we can at last clearly see Noll's profound influence on the city, players, coaches, and game he loved. They are all, in a real sense, heirs to the football team Chuck Noll built
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 796.332092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
GV939.N65
LC item number
M33 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Chuck Noll : his life's work, Michael MacCambridge
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"We were a very close family" -- "As life came along" -- Golden dreams -- "The pope" -- Messenger -- Marianne -- A football laboratory -- Obligations -- "Knute knowledge" -- A good man is hard to find (Pittsburgh) -- Growing pains -- Whatever it takes -- Repeat -- The price of success -- A different way -- Last stand -- "One for the thumb" -- The one that got away -- Palace intrigue -- Two weddings and a (premature) funeral -- A man alone -- On the boat -- Brave and honest deeds
Control code
ocn951158237
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xix, 466 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780822944683
Lccn
2016039769
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)951158237
Label
Chuck Noll : his life's work, Michael MacCambridge
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"We were a very close family" -- "As life came along" -- Golden dreams -- "The pope" -- Messenger -- Marianne -- A football laboratory -- Obligations -- "Knute knowledge" -- A good man is hard to find (Pittsburgh) -- Growing pains -- Whatever it takes -- Repeat -- The price of success -- A different way -- Last stand -- "One for the thumb" -- The one that got away -- Palace intrigue -- Two weddings and a (premature) funeral -- A man alone -- On the boat -- Brave and honest deeds
Control code
ocn951158237
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xix, 466 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780822944683
Lccn
2016039769
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)951158237

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