He died of Alzheimer’s disease, according to ESPN.
Schottenheimer has trained for 10 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and finished with a record 101-58-1 in the regular season, the highest overall in 10 years in the history of the franchise. In 2010, he was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame.
“Our family and the entire Chiefs Kingdom are mourning the loss of Marty Schottenheimer, and our prayers and heartfelt condolences are with his wonderful wife, Pat, and the entire Schottenheimer family today,” CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement Tuesday.
“Marty will rightly be remembered as one of the greatest coaches in NFL history, but his legacy far exceeds the victory percentage. He was a passionate leader who cared deeply about his players and coaches and his impact on the game is still visible today in many of the league’s coaching staff. “
Hunt added, “Marty will always have a special place in the history of the Chiefs, and they will be greatly missed by all of us whom we have blessed to be called friends.”
The NFL expressed its condolences on Twitter: “We mourn the loss of the legendary Marty Schottenheimer.”
Schottenheimer has coached three other teams: the Cleveland Browns for five seasons with a 44-27 balance, the Washington franchise for one season with an 8-8 score, and the San Diego Chargers for five seasons with a record of 47-33. . .
Chargers, now playing in Los Angeles, said in a statement that Schottenheimer was “a huge leader of men and a man of great principle – the love and passion he felt for his former players to this day means a lot.”
“He couldn’t outdo it. He couldn’t prepare. And he certainly always knew exactly where he was with him,” said Dean Spanos, owner of Chargers and chairman of the board.
“I’m grateful to have been our head coach for five seasons, and I’m even luckier to be able to call him a friend. Faced with Alzheimer’s, Marty’s incredible wife, Pat, said she approaches the diagnosis in the same way. ‘Full throttle.’ and in recent years, like so many players in front of him, Marty has always found his way. In many ways, he was the main competitor. “
Schottenheimer had the eighth most wins among coaches, set a 200-126-1 regular season record, and ran 11 double-digit winning seasons. But he struggled in the playoffs, finishing with a 5-13 balance.
Cleveland Browns said in a statement: “As head coach, he led the organization to four playoffs and three division titles, but with a tough, hard-nosed, never gave up the fighting attitude that the team embodied Browns fans and often led to exciting victories. His impact has been felt not only in northeast Ohio but throughout the NFL. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Pat, and his entire family. “
Schottenheimer was survived by his 54-year-old wife, Pat, children Kristen and Brian, and four grandchildren.