Bill Cowher is a former National Football League coach and player (NFL). He was the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, an American football team, for 15 seasons. Under his direction, the squad reached unprecedented heights. When he was in primary school, Cowher was a whiz at the game. Cowher's first professional team was the Philadelphia Eagles. Later in his tenure, he also appeared for the "Cleveland Browns." For the majority of his five-year NFL career, Cowher played special teams. Cowher became a coach after leaving the field as a player. He began his coaching career as a special teams coach with the Cleveland Browns. Later, he was named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Under his leadership, the team's performance soon improved. Cowher is the only head coach in NFL history to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first six seasons. He is one of just six NFL coaches who have won at least seven division titles. After a successful 15-year tenure, Bill Cowher retired from his position. He began his career on NBC's sports show "NFL Today" as a studio analyst.

Bill Cowher was born William Laird Cowher in Crafton on May 8, 1957. His parents and siblings are largely unknown to the public. He had his early schooling at "Carlynton High." Cowher has been a football and basketball devotee since he was in elementary school.

"North Carolina State University" was where he continued his education. As captain, he headed the university football team. In his senior year, Cowher was named "Most Valuable Player." In 1979, he graduated from the university with a bachelor's degree in education.


In 1979, Cowher was chosen to play in the "National Football League." (NFL). He was chosen to play linebacker for his team, the "Philadelphia Eagles." The next year, he signed with the "Cleveland Browns." Cowher lasted three seasons with the "Browns" before being traded to the Eagles. For two seasons, he was a member of the "Eagles." For most of his playing career, Cowher played on special teams.

Cowher began working as a coach in 1985. He began coaching the "Cleveland Browns" under the mentorship of great coach Marty Schottenheimer. Cowher was the Browns' special teams coach during the 1985–1986 season. He was elevated to assistant coach the following season. In 1989, Cowher joined the Kansas City Chiefs as defensive coordinator.

In 1992, Bill Cowher was named the Pittsburgh Steelers' sixteenth head coach. He was the team's second head coach after the NFL merger. Under Cowher's leadership, the team's performance skyrocketed. The "Pittsburgh Steelers" staged an astonishing comeback after missing the playoffs for the previous six years. In 1995, at the age of 38, Cowher became the youngest head coach of his team to win a "Super Bowl". He is only the second head coach in NFL history to bring his team to the postseason in each of his first six seasons.

During this span, the team earned eight division titles, 10 postseason playoff berths, and appeared in 21 postseason games. The franchise has won six "AFC" championship games and made two "Super Bowl" appearances. Cowher is one of only six NFL coaches to have won at least seven division titles.

In February 2006, the "Steelers" defeated the "Seattle Seahawks" in Super Bowl XL. Cowher won his first-ever "Super Bowl Ring" as a result of this. In January 2007, Cowher resigned as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, claiming a desire to spend more time with his family as the reason. 

Cowher began working as a studio analyst for the American sports program "NFL Today" in February 2007. On the CBS television network, it is a pre-game show. The show contains the latest and most up-to-date "NFL" news as well as game predictions for the next few weeks. In the same year, Cowher starred in the reality show "Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race." In the show, several celebrities engaged in a stock car racing competition.

In July 2010, Cowher was a keynote speaker at the National Agents Alliance's leadership convention. In 2012, he starred in the film "The Dark Knight Rises." In the film, he played the head coach of a football team.

Personal Experiences

Bill Cowher has been married twice. He married Kaye Young in 1981. The couple's three daughters are Meagan, Lauren, and Lindsay. All of them are basketball players. Kaye Cowher died in July 2010 as a result of complications from skin cancer.

In 2014, Cowher married Veronica Stigler. They aren't known for having children. Cowher said in 2018 that he would be selling his Raleigh house and migrating to New York.