Officials dedicate Chuck Noll Way
Despite coaching four Pittsburgh Steelers teams that won Super Bowls, Chuck Noll never won a Coach of the Year Award. But starting today, he has a street named after him near the spot where his teams dominated the National Football League.
"What a fitting way to tribute that by naming this street after Chuck Noll," said Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl at a news conference this morning. "Chuck Noll really brought this city to life by building the legacy of the Steelers and creating the Steel Curtain."
City, county and Steelers officials dedicated Chuck Noll Way, a road running between West General Robinson Street and North Shore Drive near Stage AE on the North Shore. Tom Ryser, project manager for the Sports & Exhibition Authority, said the $1 million project will be completed by Dec. 31.
Noll, 79, was unable to attend today's ceremony. Steelers President Art Rooney II said Noll, who has residences in the Pittsburgh area and Florida, has a bad back.
The mayor hoisted 4-year-old Angelo D. Pugliano of Sewickley, and he pulled a rope to unveil the new street sign atop a lamppost near Stage AE. The boy is the son of Angelo C. Pugliano, a contract administrator with Pugliano Construction, which is building the road.
Former players Andy Russell and Mel Blount credited Noll's influence not just in turning around a perennial loser, but in shaping lives.
"Chuck Noll was a father figure, not just a coach," said Blount, wearing his usual cowboy hat.
"Considering these accomplishments we should be naming the Pennsylvania Turnpike after Chuck Noll," said Dan Rooney, Steelers chairman emeritus and U.S. ambassador to Ireland.