Bill Cowher Bio, Wiki, Age, Family, Wife, NFL, Record, CBS, Salary, and Net Worth

Bill Cowher is an American former professional American football coach and player in the National Football League (NFL) who is currently a studio analyst for The NFL Today.

Bill Cowher Biography

Bill Cowher is an American former professional American football coach and player in the National Football League (NFL) who is currently a studio analyst for The NFL Today. In his 15 seasons as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team won eight division titles and made 10 playoff appearances.

He led the Steelers to the Super Bowl twice, winning one. He is the second coach in NFL history to reach the playoffs in each of his first six seasons as head coach, a feat previously accomplished only by Paul Brown.

He resigned as head coach of the Steelers on January 5, 2007, 11 months after winning Super Bowl XL in 2006 over the Seattle Seahawks. Cowher was replaced by current Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. Before being hired by the Steelers in 1992, Cowher served as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs under head coach Marty Schottenheimer.

Bill Cowher Age

Cowher was born William Laird Cowher on May 8, 1957, in Crafton, Pennsylvania United States. He is 65 years old.

Bill Cowher Height

Cowher stands at a height of 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.

Bill Cowher Family

Cowher was born and raised in Crafton, Pennsylvania to Dorothy Cowher and Laird Cowher. He has however not disclosed if he has any siblings.

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Bill Cowher Wife

Cowher first married Kaye Cowher from 1983 to 2010. His late wife, Kaye (née Young), was a graduate of North Carolina State University she used to play professional basketball for the New York Stars (now defunct) Women’s Pro Basketball League with her twin sister, Faye. Kaye was featured in the book Mad Seasons: The Story of the First Women’s Professional Basketball League, 1978–1981, by Karra Porter (University of Nebraska Press, 2006).

Kaye Cowher died of skin cancer at age 54 on July 23, 2010. The couple had three daughters: Meagan, Lauren, and Lindsay. Meagan and Lauren played basketball at Princeton University. Lindsay played basketball at Wofford College before transferring to Elon University. His daughter Meagan married NHL forward Kevin Westgarth of the Calgary Flames in 2011. His other daughter Lindsay married NBA forward Ryan Kelly of the Atlanta Hawks on August 2, 2014.

Cowher later got into another relationship with Veronica Stigeler whom he married in 2014. In 2018 Bill kept his Raleigh house in North Ridge Country Club up for sale after announcing he would be moving to New York full-time.

Bill Cowher Net Worth

Cowher has an estimated net worth of $ 18 million dollars which he has earned from his work as a professional American football coach and player in the National Football League (NFL).

Bill Cowher Salary

Cowher earns an annual salary of $4 Million.

Bill Cowher Education

Bill attended and graduated from North Carolina State University where he got his degree in bachelor of education. He excelled in football, basketball, and track for Carlynton High.

Bill Cowher Professional Career

He started his NFL career as a linebacker with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1979 but signed with the Cleveland Browns the following year. He played three seasons (1980–82) in Cleveland, making him a member of the Kardiac Kids, before being traded back to the Eagles, where he played two more years (1983–84).

His tenure in Philadelphia included tackling a young Jeff Fisher (who later became the head coach of the Tennessee Titans) when playing against the Chicago Bears, causing Fisher to break his leg. The two would later be rival head coaches and friends in the AFC Central Division, and Fisher has credited his injury at the hands of Cowher with having the unintended consequence of propelling him into coaching.

Cowher primarily played special teams during his playing career and placed emphasis on special teams during his coaching career. Cowher credits being a “bubble player” during his playing career with influencing his coaching career, feeling that such players work the hardest for a roster spot (and sometimes still get cut, hence the term “bubble player”), and thus make better head coaches than those with successful playing careers.

Bill Cowher Coaching career

Bill started his coaching career in 1985 at age 28 under Marty Schottenheimer with the Cleveland Browns. He was the Browns’ special teams coach in 1985–86 and secondary coach in 1987–88 before following Schottenheimer to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1989 as defensive coordinator.

He was a finalist for the Cincinnati Bengals head coaching position in 1991 following the dismissal of Sam Wyche but was passed over in favor of Dave Shula, presumably due to Bengals owner Mike Brown seeing similarities between himself and Shula in the same manner that their respective fathers

(Don Shula and Paul Brown) overshadow them in many aspects; Cowher would go on to have a 22-9 career record against the Bengals, the most wins he would have against any team as a head coach.

He became the 15th head coach in Steelers history when he succeeded Chuck Noll on January 21, 1992 – but only the second head coach since the NFL merger in 1970, beating out fellow Pittsburgh native and Pitt alumnus (and eventual Pitt head coach) Dave Wannstedt.

Under Cowher, the Steelers showed an immediate improvement from the disappointing 7–9 season the year before, going 11–5 and earning home-field advantage in the AFC after the Steelers had missed the playoffs six times out of the previous seven years.

In 1995, at age 38, he became the youngest coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl. Cowher is only the second coach in NFL history to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first six seasons as head coach, joining Pro Football Hall of Fame member Paul Brown.

In Cowher’s 15 seasons, the Steelers captured eight division titles, earned 10 postseason playoff berths, played in 21 playoff games, advanced to six AFC Championship games, and made two Super Bowl appearances.

He is one of only six coaches in NFL history to claim at least seven division titles. At the conclusion of the 2005 season, the Steelers had the best record of any team in the NFL since Cowher was hired as head coach.

On February 5, 2006, Cowher’s Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowl XL by defeating the Seattle Seahawks 21–10, giving Cowher his first Super Bowl ring. Through the Super Bowl, Cowher’s team had compiled a record of 108–1–1 in games in which they built a lead of at least 11 points.

During the following season, there was talk about Cowher leaving the Steelers, ostensibly to spend more time with his family. On January 5, 2007, Cowher stepped down after 15 years at the helm of the franchise. The Steelers hired former Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin as Cowher’s successor. His record as a head coach is 149–90–1 (161–99–1 including playoff games).

Bill Cowher Endorsements

In 2006, Bill was on the cover of EA Sports’ 2006 video game NFL Head Coach. He appears in TV advertising for Time Warner Cable. His likeness and voice were featured in Madden NFL 19 as the new coach of Houston Texans in the Longshot 2: Homecoming storyline.

Bill Cowher Coaching tree

Assistant coaches under Bill Cowher that became head coaches in the NFL:

  • Bruce Arians: Indianapolis Colts (2012), Arizona Cardinals (2013–2017), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2019–present)
  • Dom Capers: Carolina Panthers (1995–1998), Houston Texans (2002–2005)
  • Chan Gailey: Dallas Cowboys (1998–1999), Buffalo Bills (2010–2012)
  • Jim Haslett: New Orleans Saints (2000–2005), St. Louis Rams (2008)
  • Dick LeBeau: Cincinnati Bengals (2000–2002)
  • Marvin Lewis: Cincinnati Bengals (2003–2018)
  • Mike Mularkey: Buffalo Bills (2004–2005), Jacksonville Jaguars (2012), Tennessee Titans (2015–2017)
  • Ken Whisenhunt: Arizona Cardinals (2007–2012), Tennessee Titans (2014–2015)

Bill Cowher Coaching record vs. other teams

Team

Wins

Losses

Ties

Win Pct.

Washington Redskins

3

0

0

1.000

Tennessee Titans

11

12

0

0.478

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3

1

0

0.750

St. Louis Rams

1

2

0

0.333

Seattle Seahawks

2

4

0

0.333

San Francisco 49ers

1

3

0

0.250

San Diego Chargers

7

2

0

0.778

Philadelphia Eagles

2

2

0

0.500

Oakland Raiders

5

2

0

0.714

New York Jets

4

1

0

0.800

New York Giants

2

1

0

0.667

New Orleans Saints

2

1

0

0.667

New England Patriots

4

3

0

0.571

Minnesota Vikings

2

2

0

0.500

Miami Dolphins

5

2

0

0.714

Kansas City Chiefs

5

3

0

0.625

Jacksonville Jaguars

8

10

0

0.444

Indianapolis Colts

4

1

0

0.800

Houston Texans

1

1

0

0.500

Green Bay Packers

2

2

0

0.500

Detroit Lions

4

1

0

0.800

Denver Broncos

1

3

0

0.250

Dallas Cowboys

1

2

0

0.333

Cleveland Browns

19

5

0

0.792

Cincinnati Bengals

21

9

0

0.700

Chicago Bears

3

1

0

0.750

Carolina Panthers

3

1

0

0.750

Buffalo Bills

5

2

0

0.714

Baltimore Ravens

13

9

0

0.591

Atlanta Falcons

3

1

1

0.700

Arizona Cardinals

2

1

0

0.667

Totals:

149

90

1

0.623

Bill Cowher Coaching record

Team

Year

Regular season

Postseason

Won

Lost

Ties

Win %

Finish

Won

Lost

Win %

Result

PIT 1992 11 5 0 .688 1st in AFC Central 0 1 .000 Lost to Buffalo Bills in AFC Divisional Game.
PIT 1993 9 7 0 .563 2nd in AFC Central 0 1 .000 Lost to Kansas City Chiefs in AFC Wild-Card Game.
PIT 1994 12 4 0 .750 1st in AFC Central 1 1 .500 Lost to San Diego Chargers in AFC Championship Game.
PIT 1995 11 5 0 .688 1st in AFC Central 2 1 .667 Lost to Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX.
PIT 1996 10 6 0 .625 1st in AFC Central 1 1 .500 Lost to New England Patriots in AFC Divisional Game.
PIT 1997 11 5 0 .688 1st in AFC Central 1 1 .500 Lost to Denver Broncos in AFC Championship Game.
PIT 1998 7 9 0 .438 3rd in AFC Central
PIT 1999 6 10 0 .375 4th in AFC Central
PIT 2000 9 7 0 .563 3rd in AFC Central
PIT 2001 13 3 0 .812 1st in AFC Central 1 1 .500 Lost to New England Patriots in AFC Championship Game.
PIT 2002 10 5 1 .656 1st in AFC North 1 1 .500 Lost to Tennessee Titans in AFC Divisional Game.
PIT 2003 6 10 0 .375 3rd in AFC North
PIT 2004 15 1 0 .938 1st in AFC North 1 1 .500 Lost to New England Patriots in AFC Championship Game.
PIT 2005 11 5 0 .688 2nd in AFC North 4 0 1.000 Super Bowl XL Champions.
PIT 2006 8 8 0 .500 3rd in AFC North
PIT Total 149 90 1 .623 12 9 .571
Total 149 90 1 .623 12 9 .571

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