Bill Cowher (William Laird Cowher) is a former National Football League linebacker and American football coach (NFL). Bill Cowher made his NFL debut in 1979 as a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles. At the age of 28, he began his coaching career as an assistant under Marty Schottenheimer for the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs.
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Bill Cowher was born on May 8, 1957, in Crafton, Pennsylvania, a Pittsburgh suburb. He, too, is 64 years old. Laird Cowher and Dorothy Cowher were his parents. Cowher excelled in football, basketball, and track at Carlynton High School. Bill mostly played football and basketball in high school.
He continued his education at North Carolina State University, where he also played linebacker. Bill was the university football team’s starting linebacker and captain. In his senior year, he was also named Most Valuable Player (MVP). Bill earned his Bachelor of Education degree in 1979.
Bill Cowher’s Height, Weight & Body Measurement
He has dark brown hair. Blue is the hue of his eyes. He is 6ft 4 in height and weighs roughly 102kg.
Bill Cowher’s Profession & Career
Bill Cowher made his NFL debut in 1979 as a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles. The next year, he signed with the Cleveland Browns. After three seasons with the Browns, he was moved to the Eagles, where he spent the next two seasons. During his time with the Eagles, he shattered Jeff Fisher’s leg, prompting Fisher to retire and begin coaching.
Cowher began his coaching career at the age of 28 as an assistant for the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs under legendary Coach Marty Schottenheimer. Cowher also took a lower salary to become a coach than he would have made with the Eagles in 1985 because he saw his future in coaching. In 1985-86, he was a special coach with the Browns, and in 1987-88, he was a secondary coach. He was the Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator in 1989.
In 1992, he was named Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Under his direction, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ performance improved and achieved new heights, as they entered the playoffs for the first time in six years. Cowher became the Super Bowl’s youngest coach when he won it in 1995. Bill was the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers for 15 years.
During his career, the club won eight division crowns, ten postseason season berths, 21 playoff games, six AFC Championship games, and two Super Bowl appearances. He became one of just six coaches in NFL history to have won at least seven division titles. The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on February 5, 2006. After 15 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he resigned.
On February 5, 2007, he agreed to join The NFL Today as a studio commentator. Cowher became a prominent speaker for the ‘National Agents Alliance’ at their leadership conference in July 2010. He also played the head coach of the football squad in the film The Dark Knight Rises. Bill was informed live on CBS that he would be inducted into the Pro Hall of Fame on January 11, 2020, by President David Baker.
Bill Cowher’s Girlfriend, Marriage & Relationship
In 1981, Bill met and married his first wife, Kaye Young, who was also a North Carolina graduate. Kaye Young, along with her twin sister Faye, played professional basketball with the New York Stars (now defunct) in the Women’s Pro Basketball League. Kaye is mentioned in Karra Porter’s book Mad Seasons: The Story of the First Women’s Professional Basketball League, 1978–1981. Kaye Young, 54, died of skin cancer on July 23, 2010. Meagan, Lauren, and Lindsay are the couple’s three daughters.
They were all basketball players. Lindsay played basketball at Wofford College before transferring to Elon University, while Meagan and Lauren played for Princeton University. In 2007, the Cowher’s relocated from the Pittsburgh suburb of Fox Chapel to Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2011, his daughter Meagan married former NHL player Kevin Westgarth. Lindsay, the eldest daughter, married former NBA player Ryan Kelly on August 2, 2014.
In 2014, Bill married his second wife, Veronica Stigler. They don’t have any kids. Cowher said in 2018 that he will sell his Raleigh home and go to New York full-time. In 2021, he co-wrote the autobiography Heart and Steel. In an interview with NFL luminaries, he discusses his transition from player to coach, analyst, and the loss of his second wife.
Bill Cowher’s Income & Net Worth
Bill made the majority of his money as a professional linebacker, coach, and analyst. He has a number of endorsement deals and was featured on the cover of EA’s sports video game NFL Head Coach. Bill also appears in Time Warner Cable television commercials. He also provided vocal work for Madden NFL 19. As of 2022, his net worth is estimated to be over $18 million.
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|5 feet 4 inches (1.63m)
|Kaye Young, Veronica Stigler
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