They went to his home and interviewed Marty, his wife and children, all grown. Marty suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and has a hard time remembering his past life.
It was a bitter sweet story.
Marty looks great, at age 74 – in shape and upbeat. However his memory has faded badly and is not likely to get better. When asked about his favorite NFL game, he couldn’t remember and said so. Regarding his decade long run with the Chiefs from 1989-98. They showed the Monday Night Football game clip of Joe Montana hitting Willie Davis on the goal line for the game winner on the last play of the game.
Marty could not recall the play or the game.
He did seem confident about his feelings and working on his illness. Marty has always been confident. His wife and family are close by and love having him with them. Remember, Marty made millions of dollars as a coach and the family lives well because of him today.
Kansas City Chiefs fans owe Marty Schottenheimer much thanks and appreciation for bringing the Chiefs back to being a team that mattered. He gave us back our pride in having the team here in Kansas City.
Let’s be honest, after Hank Stram and Len Dawson left, the Chiefs were a joke and stunk every year til Marty got here in 1989.
Overnight he made them better and a playoff caliber team.
In Marty’s 10 years in KC they were in 10 playoff games winning only three.
However Marty and his Chiefs were regular season monsters with the NFL’s best record in the 90’s.
Marty was 101-58 while in KC.
We all know Marty couldn’t win the big ones in the post season here or in Cleveland before us. In fact Marty was fired from the San Diego Chargers in 2006 after going 14-2 but losing in the first round of the playoffs. Marty was snake bitten in the post season, here and everywhere else he coached. He was a great NFL coach, nobody would argue that one.
Run that ball boys.
The Chiefs with Marty were best known for bringing in top veteran quarterbacks in an effort to be a champion. We never drafted a franchise quarterback during his stay in Kansas City. We had Steve Deberg, David Krieg, Joe Montana, Steve Bono, Rich Gannon and finally Elvis Grbac.
Only Montana got close with an AFC title game that we lost to the Bills.
Most of Marty’s playoff loses came down to one play or one score difference.
We all remember the missed field goals by Lin Elliot in 1995 and the crushing loss to Denver here at home in 1998 with Elvis Grbac desperately trying to hit Tony Gonzalez for the winning score to end the game and send us on to a Super Bowl. Never happened.
I got to know Marty a bit when the Chiefs wives approached me in 1993 to do a pep rally for the new western division champ Chiefs in Westport.
We had almost the entire team present and a crowd of over 5,000 in five degree weather that night on the way to a Chiefs win over the Steelers in the playoffs.
So I became in charge with Bill Nigro, of all the Chiefs pep rallies in Westport and Red Fridays for the Marty era. It was fun and we had huge crowds and great shows. The big one had Joe Montana there in 1994.
Marty was not a party guy, per se. He was stern and all business. Although he did leave the Chiefs and KC under a cloud after a widely talked about affair with a waitress at Tanner’s in Overland Park.
I used to go back into the locker room those years after games to visit my pals at the time.
Marty was never a fan of visitors who were not on the team or media in those days. He wasn’t flashy and he wasn’t a man who showed a big ego. Marty was a great coach who loved his players, the Chiefs and the game.
I miss those days and Marty Schottenheimer. He gave us back our pro sports pride here in KC. I feel bad for him that he can’t remember his career anymore, I hear he is still a solid golfer and he loves to golf. I hope his final years are peaceful and kind to him and his family. He earned that and we all owe him a thank you.