HOF Former Steelers Coach Bill Cowher Humbled, Honored And Proud Of His 15 Years in Pittsburgh

Cook and Joe Show

Joe Kapp
January 15, 2020 - 3:20 pm
Bill Cowher

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Former Steelers Head Coach Bill Cowher is now a Hall of Famer and he joined the Cook and Joe Show on Wednesday to discuss him getting in and how he was humbled and honored.

Cowher said he went into the weekend thinking he was not going to get the call and he was fine with it but it came very spontaneously and he was thrilled when he was told during his broadcast on CBS for the divisional round game on Saturday.

“Wow this is really happening,” Cowher said. “It was almost surreal”

Cowher talked about how when he knew he got the job with the Steelers he thought if he didn’t screw it up over the next 3 years he could go to his high school reunion as the coach of his hometown team. Her did just that

His two biggest influences were his  former coach and boss in Kansas City Marty Schottenheimer  and of course Dan Rooney during his time in Pittsburgh.

“I came here at 34 years a brash young coach and I said I left there 15 years later at the age of 49…I was a better person, a better father and a better husband,” Cowher said. “I left there a better person in general.”

His decision to walk away when he did was to be with his wife Kay who had become ill and he was there for her in a time when she needed him most and he spent those 3 years with her before she passed away.

He said there was never really a thought of returning to coaching.

“I don’t need to validate anything. I felt very comfortable in my 15 tears in what we did there.” Cowher added. ‘I was then embracing the next challenge in my life which was going to be TV.”

He said he had many teams  inquire about him for open positions and he even met with some but he realized that he shouldn’t have to be talked into it. It was then he realized his decision not to return.

Cowher tells the guys it’s been all a blur since he found out because he has been busy doing his job for CBS so he hasn’t had much time to think who he might select to present him but something he will do after the season is over.

We know that Coach Cowher will be inducted with former Steelers safety Donnie Shell but could there be others like Troy Polamalu and Alan Faneca?

“That would be so special I know if we would be able to do that,” Cowher told Cook and Joe “You talk about two safeties and the best run blocking left guard that was ever in football in Alan Faneca. That would be really really special, My fingers will be crossed.”

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