Published: Sun, January 12, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Bill Cowher elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame's centennial class

Bill Cowher elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame's centennial class

"Congratulations to Bill Cowher on his election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame", Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement.

The Class of 2020 will have 20 members, with five modern-era members added the day before Super Bowl LIV in a meeting of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

"I'm so blessed. Football is a total team sport, I had some great players, some great coaches, the best organization in football", Cowher said. It's a family here like a family we had there.

He started his coaching career just a few years later, and after just seven years in the assistant ranks for the Browns and Kansas City Chiefs, where he was defensive coordinator, he became the Steelers head coach in 1992.

The Hall's centennial class was selected by a blue-ribbon panel this past week.

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Bill Cowher may not have ever bought that house in Strongsville, but he'll have a permanent home not far from there in Canton.

He coached one more season with Pittsburgh before stepping down to spend more time with his family, including his first wife Kaye, who died from skin cancer in 2010.

The centennial class, when revealed, will include 10 seniors, three contributors and two coaches - one of whom is Cowher.

As part of the NFL's 100 anniversary, the National Football League commissioned a panel to elect the Centennial Slate, which will be comprised of 15 members: 10 seniors, three contributors and two coaches. After Pittsburgh missed the playoffs for three consecutive years, Cowher returned the Steelers to the post-season in 2001 and delivered the franchise its fifth Super Bowl title four years later.

In early October, Cowher was inducted into the Steelers' Hall of Fame and introduced to the crowd at Heinz Field at halftime of the game against the Bengals, welcomed with a loud roar. At the time, the then-35 year-old was the youngest head coach in the league as he went on to lead the Steelers to 11 wins in his first season.

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