Bill Cowher elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of special 2020 class

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame revealed one member of the Class of 2020: Hall of Fame president David Baker surprised Bill Cowher live on CBS’ The NFL Today on Saturday night.

Cowher is one of two coaches whom the blue-ribbon panel elected this week as part of the Centennial Slate. The other members of the 15-person Centennial Slate will be revealed on Good Morning Football on Wednesday at 7 a.m. ET on NFL Network.

The Centennial Slate includes 10 seniors (players who last played more than 25 seasons ago), three contributors (an individual other than a player or coach) and two coaches (who last coached more than five seasons ago). They were selected from a list of 38 finalists debated by a Centennial Blue-Ribbon Panel last Wednesday after a cutdown from nearly 300 nominees.

Cowher coached the Steelers for 15 seasons, retiring after the 2006 season. He led the team to 10 playoff appearances, including nine division championships and two Super Bowls.

The Steelers defeated the Seahawks 21-10 in Super Bowl XL.

Cowher had an overall career record of 161-99-1.

The Class of 2020 will have 20 members, with five modern-era members added the day before Super Bowl LIV in a meeting of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

82 responses to “Bill Cowher elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of special 2020 class

  1. Cowher is one of two coaches getting in, which means at least one of Tom Flores & Don Coryell will once again not be voted into the HoF. The same HoF that not only already includes the slightly above average Tony Dungy and will now have the very good but not great Cowher in it???

    SMDH

  2. From 1995-2004, Bill Cowher had to face off in the conference championship and Super Bowl against the likes of Troy Aikman, John Elway, and Tom Brady. His teams were quarterbacked by Neil o’ Donnell and Kordell Stewart with each of those games being close. Once he had a quarterback (Ben) he got his ring. Congratulations coach Cowher.

  3. I heard he will be thanking Dr. Richard Rydze and Balco Labs at the ceremony, as well as the officiating crew that threw his lone Lombardi to the Steelers(and admitted to be the head official.)

  4. One Super Bowl? This is as bad as Dungy getting in. I would like someone to explain how he is better than Jimmy Johnson (who kept Cower from getting more than one ring).

  5. Cowher is one of two coaches getting in, which means at least one of Tom Flores & Don Coryell will once again not be voted into the HoF. The same HoF that not only already includes the slightly above average Tony Dungy and will now have the very good but not great Cowher in it???

    Tony Dungy took the concept of the cover 2, which most offenses had adjusted to by using a tight end, devised a scheme of moving a fast middle linebacker to cover tight ends which became known as the Tampa 2. It became one of the greatest defensive schemes in NFL history and is still used in different forms and variations and forms across the NFL. Sometimes its important to highlight innovators. Cowher was the opposite, as he was a motivator and one of the best to do it. He won games with Kordell Stewart.

  6. David Baker, the 6’9, 400 lb HOF CEO who bear-hugged Cowher, looks the part of the saintly football gallumph who appears at the doors of the newly christened. Not many know he was convicted of forgery in California in 1988. Here in America, the land of second chances, you truly never know.

  7. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    January 11, 2020 at 8:11 pm
    Cowher is one of two coaches getting in, which means at least one of Tom Flores & Don Coryell will once again not be voted into the HoF. The same HoF that not only already includes the slightly above average Tony Dungy and will now have the very good but not great Cowher in it???
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    It’s a subjective process. Everyone knows that. Even if you don’t agree, it’s not hard to see how these decisions play out.

    Take Corywell. No SBs, sub-.500 playoff record, never got past the AFC championship game. Even his regular season win percentage is slightly below Cowher’s, and his teams were below .500 the last four years he coached (his teams finished at or below .500 almost half the years he coached in the NFL total). Totally recognize other things he had going for him (players relations, developing other coaches) and am not minimizing that, but you can’t say there’s not enough against him where someone could look at him and say he was also a “very good but not great” coach.

  8. I think more correctly would be the official’s helped the Steelers to Defeat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL and we all saw it

  9. Cowher is one of two coaches getting in, which means at least one of Tom Flores & Don Coryell will once again not be voted into the HoF. The same HoF that not only already includes the slightly above average Tony Dungy and will now have the very good but not great Cowher in it???

    SMDH

    Gee a crybaby Pats fan disagrees …..what a surprise…..gag.
    Cowher is deserving even if he never coached the Cheaters

  10. Solid coach but not sure he’s a Hall of Famer. His career was kind of like Mike Holmgren’s to me. Honestly think Jimmy Johnson should go in ahead of him. His career didn’t last as long but he single-handedly turned Dallas into a powerhouse and revamped the Dolphins into a winner.

  11. Vasteelerfan says:
    January 11, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Gee a crybaby Pats fan disagrees …..what a surprise…..gag.
    Cowher is deserving even if he never coached the Cheaters

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    2010:
    Bill Cowher: “You know, let me just say this: To answer your question, no, I don’t think so (it’s not an advantage for one team over another).
    I just know as a head coach, you are always looking for a competitive edge. We had people out there trying to look at signals. We had guys go to games. They would tape the signal caller and also write it down. They would take it back and match up the signals with the game film and certain defenses with certain plays that were being called, particularly the defenses being called, to see if we could come up with some kind of an alert for a signal. So, what they did with videotaping the signal caller, people do it with the people in the stands!!
    These people sitting there in the stands, looking at the signal, writing it down and matching up the 1st and 10 signal. Ok? Then you go back again and the 2nd and 10 and here’s the signal. You do that for a whole game.
    You then go back and match up the defenses with the signal. And you can come up with what the signal was.
    So, you don;’t need a video tape with what they were talking about doing. And people were doing it. WE were doing that. Everybody does that. You’re TRYING to gain a competitive edge. There is nothing wrong with that.
    That’s why baseball players go through the mirage of signals. They’ve got all these different codes. That’s part of the competitive spirit of the game. I think it’s totally overblown. I think if you get caught (signals compromised), then do what we did and go to wristbands, you are worried about it. We started putting defenses on wristbands. Then you find a way to not get caught (signals compromised). When your good at something and people try steal from ya, I think it’s flattering.”

  12. “How Dungy got in HOF before him is hard to figure out”
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    Only if you are so not woke.

  13. Except for shredding Palmer’s knee in 2005, he would be known as coach who lost a lot of home playoff games

  14. “Never cared for the guy. Not impressed.”
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    Me neither. But he gave Trippy a team that won him a SB. And that is so woke, it’s worthy of the hall.

  15. Vasteelerfan says:
    January 11, 2020 at 9:18 pm
    I guess Cowher was doing the Pats cheating thing better than the pats…..he never got caught…..sucks doesn’t it Tylaw the crybaby

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    What really sucks is the team in Pittsburgh. They are rapidly on the decline and headed for battling for 3rd place in the AFCN for years to come

  16. Ayub Josef says:
    January 11, 2020 at 8:32 pm
    Sometimes its important to highlight innovators.
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    Yes, yes it is. Which is why Coryell should have been voted in while he was still alive.

  17. Vasteelerfan says:
    January 11, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Gee a crybaby Pats fan disagrees …
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    Ahh, that Pats fan is actually a football fan. One advocating for Flores (a Raiders coach) and Coryell (a Chargers coach). If you spent as much time enjoying the game for its own sake as you do looking to take a shot at those who actually do maybe you wouldn’t sound so silly and small

  18. I love the Patriots fan boys who are upset anyone but one of their beloved cheaters get in the HOF. Rodney Harrison wah wah, Tedy Bruschi wah wah. I laugh at their whines.

  19. “Cowher was woke before woke was cool. I mean look at the team he gave Trippy.”

    This is sooo laughable. Anyone really “woke” would not tell people they are woke. In the modern post-millie lexicon woke really means confused. “Hey look at me I’m woke!”

  20. People crack me up. Allow me to remind Steelers haters that Cowher won 149 games, 8 division titles, 2 conference titles, coach of the year and a Super Bowl. You should swallow those sour grapes before you choke. Crybabies still crying about the officials from Super Bowl 40? Darrell Jackson clearly stiff armed Townsend in the end zone for OPI. Haggans was clearly hooked across the chest for holding. Plus don’t forget the Hawks missed a field goal and threw a red zone interception. I remember it like it was yesterday. First wild card team to win it all on the road. So glorious!

  21. John Clayton was a huge Pittsburgh fan I wonder if he had anything to do with this.

    Cowhers one Super bowl was completely tainted by bad officiating.

    why have they broken all tradition and why are they doing this weird special class thing? It’s ruined everything.

  22. littleseizures says:
    People crack me up. Allow me to remind Steelers haters that Cowher won 149 games, 8 division titles, 2 conference titles, coach of the year and a Super Bowl.
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    He didn’t win a Super Bowl. Bill Leavy did.

  23. Bill Cowher was a good coach but no where near a HOF coach – Ignoring Jimmy Johnson again shows how petty and ignorant the HOF committee is.

  24. When I look at the list of coaches, the only 2 that leap out at me as guys who need to be in are Holmgren and Jimmy Johnson…..

  25. There is not a single coach more deserving of HOF election than Don Coryell. He wasn’t just a coach, he was an innovator who literally changed the game forever. He belongs in the same conversation as those who built and evolved the game throughout it’s history. To discount him based on his playoff record or lack of SB wins completely misses the point. The HOF voters do a severe disservice to the game every time they pass him over.

    I like Bill Cowher but there is no way he or any other coach for that matter belong in the HOF before Coryell. Full stop.

  26. NFL coaches should be judged on two things: winning championships, and changing the game. What innovation did Cower bring to the game? I never thought I’d see the day when a coach who won a single Super Bowl and was recognized one time as Coach of the Year would get a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The question is how come Vermeil didn’t get in first?

    They really should consider changing it to the Hall of Very Good.

  27. A good coach, but let’s face it: he’s only in the HoF because he is in the club. What club? That club of owners who have little pet players and coaches and control Goodell. And the Rooneys are the president of that club. They look after their own.

  28. So — Bill Cowher is a Hall Of Fame Coach and Mike Holmgren isn’t? This is why the Hall Of Fame has become a joke.
    Bill Cowher is not a Hall Of Fame worthy coach. His teams were very good but he won one Super Bowl.
    The Hall Of Fame was established to enshrine the very best NFL people. It is not meant to put very good NFL people there.
    Sorry — but this election is ridiculous.

  29. Congratulations Coach the only ones upset are the small and petty Pats fans that hate the Steelers. Pats fans believe the HOF should only contain Pats players and coaches….small and very petty.

  30. I saw a group photo of the people who are involved in selecting this special class and, no joke, Bill Belichick was the best dressed person in the photo. No tie but a sport coat, dress shirt, dress slacks and shoes. Only a handful of the rest of the group came close to looking as professional as BB.

  31. Stop with the Tom Flores stuff… Please.. The guy was 10 games over .500 for his career (97-87) He didn’t have a winning season in his last five years of his career. Yes, he won two Super Bowls, I get that. He averaged 8 wins a season for his career. He was 37-59 as an exec. Nuff said. Cowher and Dungy do not belong in the HOF in my opinion, but neither does Flores.

  32. Bill and Troy getting nominated to the HOF is the best thing to happen to the Steelers in the last 12 years.

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