Brian Schottenheimer recently joined Twitter to help his father, famed head coach Marty Schottenheimer, raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.
The family of longtime Kansas City Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer has asked Brian, Marty’s son who is also in the NFL coaching ranks, to open up a Twitter account to help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, something the former Chiefs coach was first diagnosed with back in 2011.
Marty Schottenheimer was the Chiefs head coach from 1989 to 1998 and was one of the most successful in franchise history. In 10 full seasons, Marty went 101-58-1 during the regular season—good for an incredible .634 win percentage. He went 3-7 in another 10 playoff games, including a nice run in 1993 with Joe Montana at quarterback that became one of the most successful single seasons in team history, one that stopped in the AFC Championship against the Buffalo Bills.
Marty also coached for several seasons with the Cleveland Browns and San Diego Chargers as well as a single year with the Washington Redskins. He won an incredible 200 games in his coaching career and while his playoff record remains a blemish, it’s not hard to make a potential Hall of Fame argument for Marty Schottenheimer.
Brian Schottenheimer says the idea to join social media was his family’s idea with hopes to help bring awareness to a disease that affects more than 5.5 million Americans, per the National Institute on Aging.
Got inspired by my awesome family 👇🏼 to hop on Twitter. As some of y’all know my dad, Marty has Alzheimer’s — Hoping to raise awareness & have some BTS @seahawks fun. If you have a minute, give a follow & have patience as I’m new to the Twitter world. #GoHawks pic.twitter.com/J86FCXvoDT
— Brian Schottenheimer (@CoachSchotty) June 27, 2019
So far, Brian Schottenheimer is using Twitter to largely spread awareness about the disease and to pay tribute to his father as a great coach and mentor to so many players.
— Brian Schottenheimer (@CoachSchotty) June 29, 2019
June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s impacts over 5 million Americans & their families. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the US. It kills more than breast & prostate cancer combined. Help us by retweeting this to raise awareness & resources to #ENDALZ pic.twitter.com/fa0PRBBjZC
— Brian Schottenheimer (@CoachSchotty) June 30, 2019
Brian Schottenheimer, who is now offensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks, has been involved in numerous causes and fundraisers to bring support and awareness for a disease that, to this point, has no known cure.
Marty’s last season in the NFL came with the Chargers in 2006 when he went 14-2 in the regular season before the Bolts were once again bounced after a single game from the playoffs.