Enduring NFL coach Chuck Knox passes away

The former coach with the second highest number of victories for the Seattle Seahawks, Chuck Knox, passed away over the weekend.  Knox, who also led teams for the LA Rams and the Buffalo Bills, had been suffering from dementia and died peacefully at 86 years of age. 

"Ground Chuck," as he was affectionately called, was 80-63 as a coach with the Seahawks.  He began leading the franchise in 1983 and took it to its first playoff appearance.  The team beat the Miami Dolphins, at the time with Dan Marino at quarterback, to meet the Raiders in the AFC Championship game.  The Raiders would go on to win 30-14.

Knox was inducted into the Seahawks' Ring of Honor in 2005, making him the only head coach in the team's history to be inducted.  His performance and 80 wins are led only by Mike Holmgren, who chalked up 86.  Pete Carroll trails slightly behind Knox with 79. 

In a statement released by the Seahawks following Knox's death, the team said, "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.  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."

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