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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Chuck Knox

     (Born April 27, 1932) -- The Buffalo Bills have provided all sorts of ups and downs over the years. Chuck Knox took them from a definite down to a decided up in only a few years.

     Knox grew up in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, and played tackle at Juniata College. He went into college from there, working his way up the ladder to the college ranks when he joined Wake Forest in 1959.

     In 1963, Knox made the jump to the pro ranks as he became the offensive line coach for the New York Jets. There he spent a couple of years working with a young quarterback named Joe Namath. Then it was on to the Lions.

     Knox became a head coach for the first time when the Rams hired him in 1973. Los Angeles won five straight NFC West titles under Knox, but couldn't quite make it to the Super Bowl. Management became impatient, and Knox jumped before he was pushed.

     The Bills thought five straight playoff spots sounded good, and hired him as a head coach. Buffalo was awful in 1977 under the previous coach, but Knox rebuilt the team in short order and the Bills won the AFC East in 1980. They made the playoffs again in 1981.

     Knox left Buffalo after 1982, and jumped to Seattle. He later returned to coach the Rams before retiring after the 1994 season.

--- Budd Bailey

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