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Legendary NFL coach Chuck Knox passes away at age 86

Legendary NFL coach Chuck Knox passes away at age 86

In Knox's first season, the Seahawks earned a wild card spot, gained their first playoff recreation over the Denver Broncos, then upset the Dan Marino-led Miami Dolphins to achieve the AFC Championship Recreation.

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.

"His presence projected an external toughness, but merited instantaneous respect by the genuine care and concern he held for his players", the team said in a statement.

The former Seattle Seahawks coach leaves behind a legacy of raking in the second-most victories for the team.

Knox is the only coach in National Football League history to win the Associated Press Coach of the Year award with three different franchises. He also led the Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles Rams during two different stints. He was one of the great influences not only in football, but in life, ' the statement added.

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In 2005 he was inducted into the Seahawks' Ring of Honor, and was the only head coach to do so, according to ESPN.

A Pennsylvania native, Knox broke into professional soccer in 1963, when he was employed to be the offensive line coach for the AFL's New York Jets. The Rams went a combined 15-33 in Knox's three seasons before the franchise moved to St. Louis.

Knox spent another five seasons in Buffalo, going 37-36 but ending up in a contract dispute with owner Ralph Wilson that led to his departure for Seattle.

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. You gave me more guidance, hope, encouragement than anyone ever has. He then began to coach for the team as an assistant at the college. "It was one of those things at the time that you don't like, but I needed to hear it".

Longtime NFL coach Chuck Knox has died at the age of 86 after suffering from dementia. "That kind of coaching helped me become a better player".