Former Steelers and Robert Morris coach Dan Radakovich died at the age of 84 on Thursday, and the Steelers are mourning the loss of the two-time Super Bowl winning coach affectionately known as “Bad Rad.”
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Dan Radakovich,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said a press release. “During his time in Pittsburgh under Chuck Noll, Dan began as a defensive line coach in 1971, but then after a couple of years at the University of Colorado, Dan returned to the Steelers in 1974. During his second stint on Chuck’s staff, Coach Rad became affectionately known as “Bad Rad”, as he also became known as the offensive line coach of one of the best offensive lines of all time. In the process, Coach Rad helped the Steelers win two Super Bowl Championships.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Radakovich family.”
A Duquesne, Pa., native, Radakovich was a Penn State alum and got his coaching career started with the Nittany Lions in 1957. He helped start the Robert Morris football program in 1994 and was one of the first assistants hired by Joe Walton. He returned to RMU as defensive coordinator from 1996-07.
Radakovich also worked for Cincinnati (1970), the Steelers (1971, 1974-77), Colorado (1972-73), San Francisco 49ers (1978), Los Angeles Rams (1979-81), NC State (1982), Denver Broncos (1983), Minnesota Vikings (1984), NY Jets (1985-88), Cleveland Browns (1989-90), St. Louis Rams (1995) and Westminster (2014-19).