Former Bills Head Coach Chuck Knox Dies At Age 86

Chuck Knox left shakes hands with then Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren after the franchise's last game at the Kingdome in December 1999

To sports fans, Knox was known as the first coach to take the Seattle Seahawks to playoffs; he was also the ninth man inducted into the team's Ring of Honor.

While Knox is believed to have passed away this past Saturday, March 12, 2018, news of his death was not announced to the public until the following Sunday. He established a winning culture and a legacy that will never be forgotten, being the only coach to lead the Rams to five consecutive double-digit-win seasons. Knox also coached the Rams (two different times) and Bills. "We hold his family in our thoughts and prayers during this hard time".

Knox compiled a regular-season record of 186-147-1, and went 7-11 in the playoffs during his 22 seasons as a head coach. After being fired by Rams proprietor Carroll Rosenblom, Knox spent 5 season in Buffalo.

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Knox, who was nicknamed "Ground Chuck" because of his preference for attacking via the ground game, was responsible for the first division title in Seahawks history as well as their first playoff win. The Rams went a mixed 15-33 in Knox's three seasons earlier than the franchise moved to St. Louis.

"His presence projected an exterior toughness, however merited instantaneous respect by the real care and concern he held for his gamers", the group stated in an announcement. "He was one of the great influences not only in football, but in life".

Knox was born in the suburbs of Pittsburgh in 1932 and played college football at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. He was a high school assistant at Tyrone and then head coach at Ellwood City before moving on to Wake Forest and Kentucky. He remained with the Jets until 1966, and was then offensive line coach with the Detroit Lions from 1967-1972.

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