December 7, 2005
Football coach Bud Carson, "Steel Curtain" architect, Dec. 7
Bud Carson, the architect of Pittsburgh's vaunted "Steel Curtain" defense and later coach of the Cleveland Browns, died on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005, at his home in Sarasota. He was 75. Carson was the Steelers' defensive coordinator from 1972-77, and shaped a defense led by Joe Greene, Jack Ham and Jack Lambert into one of the best in NFL history. During that time, the Steelers won three Super Bowl titles under coach Chuck Noll. Then arson, a foremr Marine who who had played at North Carolina in college, became defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams and in 1989-90 coached the Browns to a 11-13-1 record in 1½ seasons.