Bill Cowher Pittsburgh Steelers
“Adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it.”
A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, Bill Cowher served as the Head Coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 15 seasons – 1992-2006. At the age of just 34, Cowher succeeded legendary Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Noll.
During the 2004 season, Cowher guided an injury plagued team to a franchise record 15 wins. His 2005 team became the first team ever to win nine road games and the first sixth-seeded team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl. The amazing playoff run was capped by 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL.
Cowher became just the second coach ever, joining the legendary Paul Brown, to lead team to playoff appearances in each of his first six seasons. He advanced the Steelers to the postseason a total of ten times during his tenure and won eight division titles. In all, Cowher led the Steelers to two Super Bowl berths – XXX and XL.
Cowher holds an incredible regular season record of 149-90-1, .623 and a postseason record of 12-9, .571 for an overall record of 161-99-1, .619. He was named NFL Coach of the Year twice (1992 by Associated Press and Sporting News; 2004 by Sporting News).
Prior to his tenure with the Steelers, Cowher, served as the special teams coach and secondary coach for Cleveland Browns (1985-88) and Defensive Coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs (1989-1991) following an NFL playing career as a linebacker and special teams player with Browns and Philadelphia Eagles.