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Bill Cowher: "Kaye was the rock we could all lean on"

The image is one NFL fans, especially in Pittsburgh, will never forget.

Bill Cowher, finally having climbed the mountain to Super Bowl champion, was embraced by his wife and three daughters at the moment he reached his career pinnacle.

The NFL world was saddened to learn Kaye Cowher, Bill’s wife, passed away Friday at the age of 54 to skin cancer.  Bill Cowher remembered Kaye in a statement released Saturday.

“Kaye was such a loving and compassionate person and she was the
foundation of our family,” Cowher said. “Kaye was
always at my side throughout my career as a player, coach, NFL analyst
and, most importantly, as a parent to our three daughters Meagan, Lauren
and Lindsay. They will miss their mother dearly.

“Kaye was the
rock that we could all lean on in the tough times. She was looked up to
by so many people and I cannot say enough about what Kaye meant to our
family. Her memory will never be forgotten. We would like to thank
everyone who has kept our family in their thoughts and prayers and for
those who have reached out to express their condolences. It is clear
that Kaye touched a lot of lives.”

Services are scheduled for Kaye Cowher Monday in North Carolina.  The Cowher family asked that anyone interested in making a donation on
Kaye’s behalf be directed to Family Resources of Pennsylvania.

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30 Responses to “Bill Cowher: "Kaye was the rock we could all lean on"”
  1. Bossman says: Jul 24, 2010 2:04 PM

    My sincere condolences to the Cowher family. God bless all.

  2. LeRoy36 says: Jul 24, 2010 2:12 PM

    My deepest sympathy to the Cowher family at the loss of their wife and mother.

  3. OJ SIMPSON says: Jul 24, 2010 2:16 PM

    RIP: Bill Cowher

  4. BROWN1954 says: Jul 24, 2010 2:16 PM

    As a Browns fan I want to say “blessings,” to the Cowher family. “God speed,” to Kaye.
    Football is just a game. In the game of life, we are all on the same team. In the game of life, all Browns fans wish the Cowher family strength and courage through this difficult time. May Kaye rest in Godly peace.

  5. godofwine says: Jul 24, 2010 2:18 PM

    Though I am a lifelong diehard Browns fan I hate to hear about this for anyone, even a Steeler. We walk the same roads of life together. Though we may battle on the field, a loss like this makes me feel for you. I send my condolences, Bill Cowher. To you, and your family.

  6. rider-x says: Jul 24, 2010 2:22 PM

    thoughts and prayers go out to the cowher family

  7. YourAreJealousOfSix says: Jul 24, 2010 2:35 PM

    Steeler nation is deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Kaye Cowher. Our thoughts and prayers of go out to B.C. and his family.

  8. Tony Snow says: Jul 24, 2010 2:40 PM

    When something like this happens, it Totally justifies setting aside personal things … To focus on family! My prayers go out to you and your family! The years you two had together after leaving football were Quality and Priceless ….also something that can never be taken away. Something several people don’t get in a lifetime. God Bless coach!

  9. Nate is Gay for Brady says: Jul 24, 2010 2:55 PM

    Man, this really makes me want to cry. Prayers to all of the family and the kids.

  10. seanx says: Jul 24, 2010 3:31 PM

    Indeed, a very sad day. They always seemed like a very happy family. I don’t know if anyone in the Cowher family would read this page…but you have all of footballs sympathy.

  11. ashamedsteelerfan says: Jul 24, 2010 3:48 PM

    My prayers are with the Cohwer family during these most trying times.

  12. oruacat2 says: Jul 24, 2010 3:48 PM

    RIP, Mrs. Cowher.

  13. tomdog says: Jul 24, 2010 3:54 PM

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the Cowher family.
    54 is too young.

  14. YourAreJealousOfSix says: Jul 24, 2010 4:11 PM

    Steeler nation is deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Kaye Cowher. Our thoughts and prayers of go out to B.C. and his family.

  15. zilla1126 says: Jul 24, 2010 4:26 PM

    Maybe this was the reason he had not taken any HC jobs – spend time with his Wife and family. Good reason.

  16. HamBurghlar says: Jul 24, 2010 4:40 PM

    Steeler nation’s (and hopefully all the NFL and their fans) thoughts and prayers are with the Cowher family.

  17. mrf47 says: Jul 24, 2010 4:42 PM

    Very sad news…bless the Cowher family.

  18. TheBaySay says: Jul 24, 2010 4:56 PM

    Tragic news. I’m sure they have good memories to remember, and that the good deeds of Mrs. Cowher will continue to impact our world in a positive manner. God rest her soul.

  19. scooter7 says: Jul 24, 2010 5:17 PM

    Just remember Browns fans, Cowher was one of your own for two seasons (1980, 1982).

  20. 49er Man says: Jul 24, 2010 6:17 PM

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the Cowher family.

  21. 8man says: Jul 24, 2010 6:31 PM

    This is just awful. Especially when you look at her life’s accomplishments.
    So young. So much more to do. A terrible and sudden loss. The coming days will abound with news of all the organizations and efforts impacted by this.
    All I can say is that what I know of Bill Cowher is that he has the strength to get through this and keep his family sound.
    God bless.

  22. CD_Ridge says: Jul 24, 2010 7:14 PM

    Rest in peace, Kaye. Keep your chin up, Bill.

  23. funi says: Jul 24, 2010 8:16 PM

    God bless Cowher and his family!

  24. Mason222 says: Jul 24, 2010 9:11 PM

    Vikeing Fan here, I am so sorry for such a profound loss My condolences and wish for you to find a way to be even closer. If you ever want to Return to the NFL your always welcome here.

  25. SKINSFANTOM says: Jul 24, 2010 9:12 PM


  26. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says: Jul 24, 2010 9:23 PM

    Rest easy Kaye.

  27. Bwa Ha Ha says: Jul 24, 2010 9:24 PM

    What a shame, Cancer is a terrible disease that can attack any of us.

  28. Rafterman says: Jul 24, 2010 9:30 PM

    May she rest in peace…

  29. ThePitts says: Jul 24, 2010 9:56 PM

    this goes beyond sport… sympathies

  30. Spoonthis says: Jul 24, 2010 11:01 PM

    I wish peace to you and your family Coach Cowher. Such a sad loss at a young age.

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