Bill Cowher And Hines Ward Together Again At Heinz Field

Super Bowl 40 Champs Among Steelers Hall Of Honor Inductees

Eric Hagman
September 30, 2019 - 7:52 pm
Larry Brown Bill Cowher Art RooneyII Hines Ward Joseph Nickel

Eric Hagman 93.7 The Fan

Pittsburgh, Pa (93.7 The Fan) - Bill Cowher and Hines Ward, linked through nine seasons with the Steelers--some great, others not so good--entered the team's Hall of Honor together Monday at Heinz Field.  The former coach and his star receiver, the MVP of Super Bowl XL, were joined by Larry Brown, the tight end-turned-tackle during the dynasty of the seventies, and the late Elbie Nickel, a receiver from 1947 to 1957.

Ward, who retired after the 2011 season, is now an assistant coach with the New York Jets, but will always consider himself a Steeler.

"I will always bleed black and gold, that's just who I am," Ward said prior to the Steelers-Bengals game.  "I had a blast in my 14 years.  This organization took a chance on me, and hopefully I gave it 110 percent and tried to give back to the community as much as possible while I was here. Tonight will be a special moment for me.  I never really had that last hurrah-hurrah  to really say thank you to the fans.  To get recognized tonight is something I always wanted."

Ward and his wife were married on the 50 yard line at Heinz Field, and he said any time he returns it's a special moment for him.

Cowher said "it's very special" to go into the Hall of Honor with Ward.  Cowher also reminisced about being hired as Steelers coach at the age of 34 in 1992.

"This city is a special place," said the Crafton native and Carlynton High School graduate.  "I'm blessed to have come (back) here in '92.  It was coming home.  When I first got the job, I thought wow, If I don't screw this up in three years I can come back to my twentieth high school class reunion as the head coach of my hometown team.  So my first goal was not to get fired my first three years." 

And Cowher reflected on what the Steelers have meant to him since his childhood days.

"Listen, I was here in the seventies," Cowher said.  "What this team did for this city, reinvigorating how you felt about this place.  It was a renaissance, and this organizaiton was a part of it.  Even to this day it's a model organization."

(pictured above Larry Brown, Bill Cowher, Art Rooney II, Hines Ward, Joseph Nickel (son of Elbie Nickel, who died in 2007)