Bill Cowher (William Laird Cowher) is an American football coach and linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). Bill Cowher began his NFL career in 1979 as a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles. Eventually, he began his coaching career at the age of 28 as an assistant under Marty Schottenheimer for the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City.
Bill Cowher was born At May 8, 1957 in Crafton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. So is he 64 years old. He was born to parents Laird Cowher and Dorothy Cowher. Cowher excelled at football, basketball and track while at Carlynton High. Bill mainly played football and basketball in his school days.
He attended North Carlina State University for advanced studies, where he also played as a linebacker. Bill was a starting linebacker and also captained the college soccer team. He was also named Most Valuable Player (MVP) in his senior year. In 1979, Bill received his bachelor’s degree in education.
Bill Cowher began his NFL career in 1979 as a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles. The following year he signed with the Cleveland Browns. After three seasons with the Browns, he was traded back to the Eagles, where he played two seasons. While at the Eagles, he broke Jeff Fisher’s leg, prompting Fisher to retire and begin coaching.
Cowher began his coaching career at the age of 28 as an assistant to famed coach Marty Schottenheimer for the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City. Cowher also took less pay to take a coaching position than he would have made with the Eagles in 1985, as he saw his future more in coaching. He was a special coach for the Browns from 1985-1986 and an assistant coach from 1987-1988. In 1989 he was the defense coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach
He was named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1992. Under his leadership, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ performance improved and reached new heights as the Pittsburgh Steelers made the playoffs after missing it for six years. Cowher became the youngest coach to win the Superbowl in 1995. Bill served as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers for 15 seasons.
During his tenure, the team won eight division titles, earned 10 playoff season spots, played in 21 playoff games, made six AFC championship games, and made two Super Bowl appearances. He became one of the six coaches in NFL history to hold at least seven division titles. On February 5, 2006, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks and won the Super Bowl. He resigned from the Pittsburgh Steelers after 15 long seasons.
He signed with The NFL Today as a studio analyst on February 5, 2007. In July 2010, Cowher became a keynote speaker for the National Agents Alliance at their leadership conference. He also appeared in the film The Dark Knight rises as the head coach of the football team. Bill was announced live on CBS that he was inducted into the Pro Hall of Fame by President David Baker on January 11, 2020.
Bill fell in love and married his first wife, Kaye Young, also a North Carolina graduate student, in 1981. Kaye Young played pro basketball for New York Stars (now defunct) of the Women’s Pro Basketball League with her twin sister, Faye. Kaye is introduced in the book Mad Seasons: The Story of the First Women’s Professional Basketball League, 1978-1981 by Karra Porter. On July 23, 2010, Kaye Young died of skin cancer at the age of 54. The couple have three daughters together – Meagan, Lauren and Lindsay.
All three played basketball. Meagan and Lauren played basketball for Princeton University while Lindsay played basketball for Wofford College before transferring to Elon University. The Cowher family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina from the Pittsburgh suburb of Fox Chapel in 2007. His daughter Meagan married former NHL forward Kevin Westgarth in 2011. Youngest daughter Lindsay married former NBA player Ryan Kelly on 08/02/2014.
Bill married his second wife Veronica Stieler in 2014. They have no children. In 2018, Cowher announced he was putting his Raleigh home up for sale and would be moving to New York full-time. In 2021, he co-wrote an autobiography called heart and steel. In an interview with NFL Legends, he opens up about his journey from player to coach, analyst and losing his other wife.
He has brown hair. His eyes are blue in color. He’s at the Height of 6ft 4 and weighs around 102kg.
Social Media and Networth
Bill is active on Twitter, where he has 108,000 followers. He has one Instagram Account named bill.cowhir with 1.1k followers. Bill doesn’t post much on the app. He is not active on any other social platform.
Bill earned most of his income from his professional career as a linebacker, coach, and analyst. He has had various endorsement deals since he was head coach on the cover of EA’s sports video game NFL. Bill also appeared in television commercials for Time Warner Cable. He also reported Madden NFL 19. His net worth is around 18 million US dollars from 2022.