Hall of Famer Chuck Noll, the only coach to win four Super Bowl titles, was known by those around him as a great teacher, friend and father figure.
The legendary coach died Friday night at his home in suburban Pittsburgh. He was 82.
Noll coached the Pittsburgh Steelers to Super Bowl victories in the 1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979 seasons. Noll was one of the most influential coaches in NFL history. He took over a struggling Steelers franchise in 1969 and turned it into a perennial winner. In 23 seasons, Noll's teams went 209-156-1 overall and 16-8 in the playoffs with nine AFC Central titles.
"As for the football end of it, I think he ranks with (George) Halas and (Vince) Lombardi," Steelers chairman Dan Rooney said. "There are many other good coaches over the history of the NFL, but I think Chuck Noll ranks up there with those other two guys right at the top. No other coach won four Super Bowls, and the way he did it was with dignity. His players were always his concern, both in treating them well and giving them what they needed to succeed on the field.
---The Denver Broncos offered wide receiver Demaryius Thomas a five-year contract extension, according to reports.
Financial terms of the offer are not known, but Thomas, 26, is scheduled to make $3.27 million in the final year of his rookie contract this season. He is expected to become one of the highest-paid wide receivers in the NFL. Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson, Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald, Seattle Seahawks' Percy Harvin and Miami Dolphins' Mike Wallace each have deals that pay them at least $12 million per year.
Thomas, a two-time Pro Bowler, led the Broncos with 92 receptions for 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. He also put up similar numbers in 2012.
---The Indianapolis Colts agreed to terms with free agent safety Mike Adams on Saturday.
Adams has 488 tackles (368 solo), 55 pass breakups, 13 interceptions, nine fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and five sacks in 146 regular-season games (73 starts) during his 10-year NFL career. He also has 14 solo tackles and two pass breakups in four playoff starts.
Adams spent the past two seasons with the Denver Broncos. In 2012, he had career highs with 80 tackles and 11 pass breakups. Last season, he had 60 tackles (45 solo), six pass breakups, one interception and one fumble recovery in 16 regular-season games.