Marty Schottenheimer, who spent 21 seasons as an NFL head coach, has died

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer has passed away. He was 77.

An official cause of death has not been announced yet. However, he had been battling Alzheimer’s before his death.

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He passed away in hospice care on Monday night in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“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,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. “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.”

He spent 21 seasons as a Head Coach in the NFL. He is most commonly known as the Kansas City Chiefs head coach.

Also, he also led the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, and the San Diego Chargers. He was 200-126-1 as a head coach.

Following his head coaching stints in the NFL, he also spent one season as the Virginia Destroyers Head Coach and General Manager in 2011.

Schottenheimer is a member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame.

During his time as ahead coach, his teams were known for “Martyball.” The teams have won on regular season.

He only had two losing seasons as a head coach. His teams went 11-21 in those seasons.

However, in the playoffs, his teams struggled. They were just 5-13 in the second season.

Two of his playoff wins came during the 1993 season with the Chiefs. They defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card Round..

The the Chiefs defeated the Houston Oilers in the Divisional Round. The Buffalo Bills defeated Schottenheimer’s team in the AFC Conference Championship Game.

He is the only head coach with 200 wins that has not been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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