Marty Schottenheimer, Respected NFL Head Coach Dies at Age 77

Legendary NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer, 77, has died in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Schottenheimer was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014 and was moved to a hospice in Charlotte last Jan. 30.

Schottenheimer was born on Sept. 23, 1943, in Canonsburg, Pittsburgh where he also started his career as a player for the Bills and Patriots. 

Schottenheimer won 200 games as an NFL coach with the Chiefs, Browns, Chargers, and Washington in his lifetime. 

“Marty was a tremendous leader of men and a man of great principle – the love and admiration his former players have for him to this day speak volumes,” said Chargers owner and chairman of the Board Dean Spanos. 

Schottenheimer was best known for his  “Martyball,”  tactic which involved a strong running game and tough defense. 

Schottenheimer was survived by his wife, Pat, two children, Kristin and Brian, and four grandchildren.

“We are so incredibly proud of the man he was and how he lived his life,” said Kristin. 


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