Former NFL head coach Chuck Knox passes away at 86 years of age after he endured a lengthy battle with dementia.
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.
Knox’s granddaughter issued the following statement on Twitter:
“RIP Popster. I’ll miss you forever. You have always been my dad. You gave me more guidance, hope, encouragement than anyone ever has. I will treasure you forever. No one else will ever compare #nfl #football @seahawks @rams @buffalobills”
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. Knox started his coaching career as an offensive lin coach with the Jets, later working with the Lions, the Rams and the Bills. He eventually started his work with the Seahawks in 1983.
According to Kiro 7, Steve Raible, the “Voice of the Seahawks,” issued the following statement over Knox’s passing:
“He was amazing in his ability to tailor his teams to the talent that he had.”
“[His 1983 AFC playoff] was as big a victory as the Seahawks have ever had,” Raible said. “It was as crazy and as fun a locker room as I had ever seen, and as enjoyable a flight home as the Seahawks have ever had until they won a Super Bowl Championship.
“And that came about because Chuck Knox came in as head coach and instilled something in these guys – many of whom were already here – that let them know they could win championships.”
What was Chuck Knox’s official cause of death?
At this time, Chuck Knox’s official cause of death does not appear to have been released to the public.
As this story is developing, more information will be updated as made available.