Bill Cowher

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Bill Cowher is the former head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, with whom he spent fifteen seasons. Under his leadership, the team made ten appearances in the playoffs, won eight division titles, and most notably took home the Super Bowl XL title in 2005; it was the first time the Steelers had won the Super Bowl in twenty-six years.

Before starting his coaching career, Sports Speaker Bill was a standout high school athlete in football, basketball, and track, eventually going on to play football at North Carolina State University as a linebacker. During his senior year of college, Bill was the team’s captain, MVP, and a starting player; he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles following graduation. Although Bill’s NFL career was not the most successful period in his life, he credits being a “bubble player”—working the hardest to get a spot on the roster without the frenzy and attention of other big-name athletes—as having a heavy influence on his decision to become a coach. After brief stints as an assistant coach for several different NFL teams, Bill stepped in as the Steelers head coach in 1992. It was not long after his arrival before the team began to turn around, eventually achieving one of the NF:’s best overall records in the regular season and the highest winning percentage ever in Steelers’ history.

A popular sports figure and icon, Bill has made appearances in Time Warner Cable commercials and on the cover of the 2006 EA Sports video game NFL Head Coach. Additionally, he had a supporting role in the film The Dark Knight Rises and was a competitor the ABC reality series Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, racing against volleyball player Gabrielle Reece.

These days Bill is an analyst on CBS Sports Network’s show The NFL Today, sharing the desk with former standout player Dan Marino. He currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, with whom he has three children.