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, the former NFL coach who took the Los Angeles Rams
to three straight NFC championship games and also led the Seattle Seahawks and
Buffalo Bills, has died. He was 86.

The Rams and Seahawks said Sunday that Knox died Saturday night.

”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,” the Rams said in a statement. ”The memories and accomplishments that
Coach Knox left behind will continue to inspire us and Rams fans. We hold his
family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Called ”Ground Chuck,” for his run-first offenses Youth
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, Knox was the NFL coach of the year in
1973, 1980 and 1984, winning the award with all three teams he coached. He went
186-147-1 during 22 seasons as an NFL head coach, including two stints with the
Rams. He won five straight NFC West titles from 1973-77, and he returned in 1992
for the franchise’s final three seasons in Los Angeles before its move to St.
Louis.

Hall of Fame defensive end Jack Youngblood posted a picture on Twitter
thanking Knox for his trust and ”allowing us to make our way to Canton.”

”Chuck Knox was one of the most influential men in the early days of my
career Cody
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,” Youngblood wrote. ”Great coach and an even better
man.”

Knox left the Rams in 1978 for the Buffalo Bills. After five seasons, he took
over the Seahawks in 1983 and immediately led the franchise to its first playoff
berth and the AFC title game. He spent nine seasons with Seattle.

”His presence projected an external toughness, but merited instantaneous
respect by the genuine care and concern he held for his players,” the Seahawks
said in a statement. ”He was one of the great influencers not only in football,
but in life.”

Knox is the only coach to be enshrined in the Seahawks ”Ring of Honor.” He
was revered in Seattle for turning the young franchise into a contender in the
AFC West for most of his tenure.

Current Seattle coach Pete Carroll tweeted Sunday that Knox was Youth
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great impact on so many.”

Knox was a two-way tackle at Juniata College in his native Pennsylvania,
serving as a captain on the school’s undefeated 1953 team. He began his coaching
career as an assistant at Juniata. He was a high school assistant at Tyrone and
then head coach at Ellwood City before moving on to Wake Forest and
Kentucky.

Knox considered at one-time returning to Juniata as a history professor and
was working on a master’s degree at Penn State before deciding coaching was
where he should be.

”During that time, I thought what I really wanted to do was coach and not go
into the academic area,” Knox told the AP in a 2005 interview. ”I know I made
the right choice. It’s what I wanted to do.”

Knox entered professional football in the AFL with the New York Jets as
offensive line coach in 1963, and played a key role in the recruitment of
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Detroit Lions from 1967-1972.

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected the contract of right-handed reliever Tanner
Anderson from Triple-A Indianapolis and placed infielder Sean Rodriguez on the
10-day disabled list.

Anderson, a 25-year-old, will be available out of the bullpen Wednesday
evening when the Pirates close out a three-game series with the New York Mets.
Anderson is 1-1 with a 2.34 ERA over 24 appearances in Indianapolis with 24
strikeouts and six walks.

The Pirates said Rodriguez strained his right quad and backdated the move to
Monday. Rodriguez has just two hits in his last 38 at-bats.

The move leaves the team without a backup middle infielder. Manager Clint
Hurdle indicated that Josh Harrison would slide over to short if needed and
David Freese could come off the bench to play second if necessary.

Pitcher A.J. Schugel (right shoulder discomfort) was moved to the 60-day DL
to make room for Anderson on the 40-man roster.

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