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Marty Schottenheimer (1943–2021), longtime NFL head coach

by Linnea Crowther

Marty Schottenheimer was a longtime NFL head coach who was one of only eight coaches in history with 200 wins.

One of the winningest coaches

Schottenheimer played pro football for the Buffalo Bills, Boston Patriots, and Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1960s and ‘70s before beginning his coaching career in 1974. He worked with the Portland Storm, New York Giants, and Detroit Lions before his first head coaching position, for the Cleveland Browns from 1984 to 1988. He went on to be head coach for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1989 to 1998, Washington Redskins in 2001, and San Diego Chargers from 2002 to 2006. In those years, he racked up 205 wins, the eighth most of any coach. Yet his teams didn’t excel in the postseason, never appearing in a Super Bowl even though he had only two losing seasons in all his years as a coach. In 2011, Schottenheimer was head coach for the UFL’s Virginia Destroyers, who won the year’s UFL championship. Known for his motivational speeches to his players, Schottenheimer was inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2010 and was named NFL Coach of the Year by several organizations in 2004.

Schottenheimer’s motivational words

“There’s a gleam, men! There’s a gleam. Let’s get the gleam.” —as quoted by USA Today

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Tributes to Marty Schottenheimer

Full obituary: The Kansas City Star

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