CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Marty Schottenheimer, one of the most successful coaches in Browns history and the 8th all-time winningest coach in NFL history, has been moved to hospice care as his battle with Alzheimer’s continues.
The family of the 77-year-old released a statement to ESPN on Wednesday:
Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014, former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer was moved to a hospice facility near his home in Charlotte, NC, on Saturday, January 30, where he is listed in stable condition following complications from his disease. The Schottenheimer family asks that you respect their privacy at this time.
“As a family we are surrounding him with love, said Pat Schottenheimer, his wife, and speaking on behalf of their children, Kristin and Brian, “and are soaking up the prayers and support from all those he impacted through his incredible life. In the way he taught us all, we are putting one foot in front of the other....one play at a time.”
Schottenheimer rose from Browns defensive coordinator to head coach in 1984 and led the team for five years, compiling a 44-27 record and two appearances in the AFC title game. He also coached the Kansas City Chiefs for 10 seasons, earning a 101-58-1 regular-season record with three postseason wins and seven losses, spent one season in Washington, and then led the San Diego Chargers for five years, earning a 47-33 record.