Brian Schottenheimer's father was the late great Marty Schottenheimer, who was an iconic coach of Kansas City Chiefs. Marty Schottenheimer was a staple of Kansas folklore and coached the team for 10 seasons.
Here, we will be looking at the playing career, the coaching career, and the legacy of the older Schottenheimer. Keep reading to find out more about the iconic coach.
Marty Schottenheimer's Playing Career
Marty Schottenheimer started his organized football career playing for the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned second-team All-American honors as a senior. He was one of the key contributors for the Pitt Panthers, and was picked in round four of the 1965 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts.
The Buffalo Bills then selected him in round seven of the 1965 American Football League (AFL) draft. This posed a tricky situation for the young linebacker, but he signed with the Bills.
His time with the Bills culminated in him winning the 1965 AFL Championship and earning an all-star game selection in the same year. He eventually left the Bills for the Boston Patriots, where he played for two years before moving to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He eventually retired from football in 1971, ending an eventful playing career.
Marty Schottenheimer's Coaching Career
Marty Schottenheimer's first official coaching role as the linebacker's coach for the Portland Storm was three years after he retired from professional football. He left the role to coach in the NFL in 1975, as he accepted the Linebackers coach job at the New York Giants.
Schottenheimer impressed in that role, so much so that he was promoted within the franchise to the role of Defensive Coordinator in 1977. He later occupied similar roles with the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns between 1978 and 1984.
The coach got his first shot at leading an NFL franchise as a head coach when he took the role of Head Coach for the Cleveland Browns after they sacked incumbent Sam Rutigliano.
The highlight of Schottenheimer's time with the Browns was when he was named AFC Coach of the year in 1986. He left the Browns with a 44–27 regular-season record and a 2–4 record in the postseason. He made the AFC Championship Game twice, but that was as good as it got.
He made a move to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1989, and it was there that he truly built up a reputation. He spent 10 years as the head coach of the Chiefs, recording a 101–58–1 regular season record, winning three division titles and seven playoff appearances, and made the trip to the 1993 AFC Championship game, where he lost to the Buffalo Bills.
Following his departure from the Chiefs in 1998, he coached the Washington Redskins, San Diego Chargers, and the Virginia Destroyers. Notably, he won the UFL Championship in 2011, his first championship as a head coach.
Marty Schottenheimer's Legacy
Marty Schottenheimer passed away on February 8, 2021, following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. His coaching legacy was phenomenal, and he remains the winningest coach in the NFL, not to win a Super Bowl.
Schottenheimer is eighth in career wins at 205 and seventh in regular season wins at 200. He is a Kansas City Chiefs legend, a football icon, and the father of the current offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, Brian Schottenheimer.