Marty Schottenheimer, known for his trademark “Marty Ball” and won 200 regular season games with four NFL teams, is dead. He was 77.
Schottenheimer passed away Monday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, his family said through Bob Moore, a former Kansas City Chiefs publicist. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014. He was moved to a hospice on Jan. 30, 2020
Schottenheimer was 44-27 with Cleveland from 1984-1988; 101-58-1 with Kansas City from 1989-1998; 8-8 with Washington in 2001; and 47-33 with the San Diego from 2002-2006.
“When Marty arrived in 1989, he reinvigorated what was then a struggling franchise and quickly turned the Chiefs into a consistent winner,” Chiefs chairman and chief executive officer Clark Hunt said in a statement.
Regular-season wins were never a problem, however, Schottenheimer never made it to the Super Bowl as a player or a coach.
In his final game in January 2007, Schottenheimer’s Chargers, a team with NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson and a number of Pro Bowlers, imploded with mind-boggling blunders, losing 24-21 in a playoff game at home against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Schottenheimer was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He attended high school at Fort Cherry High School in McDonald, Pennsylvania and then attended the University of Pittsburgh.
In 1965, Schottenheimer was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Baltimore Colts, and in the seventh round by the Buffalo Bills of the AFL draft.
He served as a backup linebacker for the Bills, who lost the 1966 AFL title game to Kansas City, the team that eventually played the Green Bay Packers in the first Super Bowl.