Former NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer has passed away
Sad news to share this morning as Marty Schottenheimer has passed away at age 77 following a long fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
The legendary NFL coach won 205 games during his 21 years as a head coach at the game’s highest level, as he served as the head coach for the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington and the San Diego Chargers during his career.
Only six coaches in NFL history have more wins than Schottenheimer.
Schottenheimer‘s teams advanced to three conference championship games but he never coached in the Super Bowl.
He also played six seasons in the NFL and was a two-way player at Pitt from 1961-64.
Following the news of Schottenheimer‘s passing, the NFL community was quick to share their thoughts on the legendary coach.
Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt
“Our family and the entire Chiefs Kingdom mourn the loss of Marty Schottenheimer, and our prayers and heartfelt condolences are with his wonderful wife Pat and the entire Schottenheimer family today. Marty will rightfully be remembered as one of the greatest coaches in NFL history, but his legacy extends far beyond his winning percentage. He was a passionate leader who cared deeply for his players and coaches, and his influence on the game can still be seen today on a number of coaching staffs around the league.
“When Marty arrived in 1989, he reinvigorated what was then a struggling franchise and quickly turned the Chiefs into a consistent winner. Marty’s teams made Chiefs football a proud part of Kansas City’s identity once again, and the team’s resurgence forged a powerful bond with a new generation of fans who created the legendary home-field advantage at Arrowhead Stadium.
“Marty will always hold a special place in the history of the Chiefs, and he will be dearly missed by all of us who were blessed to call him a friend.”
So sorry to hear about the passing of Marty Schottenheimer. He was a great man and a great coach. He impacted so many lives for the better, including mine. My heart goes out to the Schottenheimer family.🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/Hsdj6kV071
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) February 9, 2021
Sad loss of another good man. Marty Schottenheimer passes away. https://t.co/8wK149r293
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) February 9, 2021
Marty Schottenheimer was my roommate in the Coach’s AA Game in’65. He was a wonderful person-Great Coach! pic.twitter.com/X2bmGpd46E
— Bill Curry (@coachbillcurry) February 9, 2021
We mourn the loss of the legendary Marty Schottenheimer. pic.twitter.com/jlMCgw69WC
— NFL (@NFL) February 9, 2021