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Holmgren left in cold


Former Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox looks at a portrait of himself as coach during Ring of Honor ceremony. 
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Former Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox looks at a portrait of himself as coach during Ring of Honor ceremony. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

SEATTLE – Chuck Knox became the ninth member – and first coach – inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor on Sunday, and his legendary stone-faced toughness and dry humor elicited an affectionate story from current Seattle coach Mike Holmgren.

It dates back to Holmgren’s days as head coach at Green Bay – home of the “frozen tundra” so loved by NFL announcers – and Knox’s end-of-career stint in Los Angeles.

“It was 30 below or 20 below – just awful,” Holmgren recalled, “although the sky was blue, beautiful. He’s coaching the Rams and I’m coaching the Packers and I’m going to out-tough Chuck Knox that day. So I’m going to walk out to pre-game warmup with just a sweater on and shake his hand and show him that the cold doesn’t bother me.

“Well, I get out there and they’re all dressed in Michelin Man suits, with masks on – I couldn’t even find him at first. As soon as I hit the field, I knew I’d made a mistake. It was one of those days it was so cold you couldn’t even talk.

“I find him and he says, ‘Mike,’ and I couldn’t say anything, couldn’t respond. And he said, ‘You’re cold, aren’t you?’ “

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