Congratulations, Coach Cowher

I’ve been a Pittsburgh Steelers fan for as long as I’ve drawn breaths.  And the stability of this franchise is legendary.  They’ve only had THREE head coaches in the past 50 years.  Chuck Noll won four Super Bowls with the Black and Gold (SB 9, 10, 13, 14); Bill Cowher took the Steelers to two Super Bowls and won one of them (SB 40) and Mike Tomlin guided the Steelers to two Super Bowls, winning one (SB 43).

When Cowher joined the Steelers after Chuck Noll retired, I didn’t know what to expect.  Chuck Noll had always coached the Steelers.  Heck, he’d had a longer tenure than some NFL franchises had been in existence.  But Cowher brought a unique feel to the Steelers’ office of run run pass, run run pass, run run pass.

He brought razzle-dazzle.

He took a quarterback from Colorado, Kordell Stewart, and turned him into a three-way offensive threat as a wide receiver, running back and quarterback.  The era of Slash.

He found strong defensive weapons in Troy Polamalu and James Harrison, and turned both men into superstars.

And he took no shit.  Not from his players, not from the opposition, and not from the officials.

Take, for example, this 1995 game between Pittsburgh and Minnesota, where the officials completely barfed up a “too many men on the field” call.

Yeah … don’t fuck with Bill Cowher.  Don’t fuck with the Steelers, either.

From 1992 to 2006, Bill Cowher assembled an amazing 149-90-1 record, including 12-9 in the postseason (plus that Super Bowl win).  He later retired from coaching, and is currently an analyst for CBS Sports (and he also does some commercials for a cable company or two).

So, during yesterday’s broadcast of the NFL on CBS … Cowher, preparing for an upcoming segment on the Ravens and Lamar Jackson’s effectiveness, was interrupted mid-segment – to receive some surprising news.

Let me share it with you, as well as his on-air reactions.

“This isn’t right that this is happening now,” Cowher humbly said, as he was congratulated by his co-workers, by his wife and his daughter, and by the directors of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes report of how they pulled off this amazing reveal.

See … as a pro football fan, there are moments that still can get you right in the feels.  And this is one of those moments.

Bill Cowher is an incredible coach.  His players would run through artillery fire if it meant getting another first down.  He galvanized the Steelers faithful every game, and he took no shit from anyone.

And that’s what it means to be a Pittsburgh Steeler.  Take NO SHIT from anyone.

Congratulations, Coach Cowher.  This is an honor that is truly well-deserved and earned.

And you’ll love that yellow jacket that the Hall of Fame gives to its inductees.