Former Jets coach Chuck Knox, who was paramount in the Jets drafting Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath, died Saturday at 86.
Knox started his vast coaching career with the Jets in 1963 as part of Weeb Ewbank's first Jets staff. Knox was big on the run game, which awarded the nickname of "Ground Chuck."
However, he saw something in Namath during his time at the University of Alabama, and knew the Jets needed him.
"I pushed Weeb very hard to take Joe," Knox said in Mark Kriegel's 2004 biography, "Namath."
Knox was in charge of the Jets' offensive line in 1966, but he wasn't part of the team's Super Bowl championship the next season after taking a job with the Lions.
Knox went on to become the head coach of the LA Rams in 1973, and he had Namath as his quarterback for his final four starts in 1977. He also coached the Bills for five seasons, and the Seahawks for nine seasons.
Knox was named Coach of the year in 1973, 1980, and 1984, while also being named a memeber of the Seahawks' Ring of Honor.