Cleveland native, NFL legend Noll passes away
JUN 14, 2014 12:25a ET
One of the many legendary football coaches from Ohio passed away Friday night, according to reports.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the Cleveland native died in his sleep at his home Friday night after being "in ill health for a number of years with Alzheimer's, a heart condition and back problems."
Noll graduated from Benedictine High School, played at the University of Dayton and was drafted by Cleveland in 1953. He played seven seasons for the Browns then was an assistant coach for the Chargers and Colts before becoming head coach of the Steelers in 1969.
After a beginning his career with three consecutive losing seasons, Noll helped turn the Steelers into a perennial AFC Central power. They won four Super Bowls in the 1970s, and Noll retired after the 1991 season with a 209-156-1 record (including postseason).