Steelers top 30 moments in franchise history

16 of 31

The chin

Oct 1, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis, left, and former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher share a laugh during a ring presentation for Bettis during halftime of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

My dad used to tell me that if he could have one football experience it would be to get into the Steelers’ locker room to be able to hear Bill Cowher’s pregame speech. Like Cowher my dad was born and raised in Western PA, just outside of Pittsburgh and the Steelers couldn’t have picked a better coach to succeed the legendary Chuck Noll than when they hired Bill Cowher in 1992.

Bill Cowher coached the Steelers from 1992-2006, with a record of 169-99-1. He had two trips to the Super Bowl with one victory in Super Bowl XL. He led the Steelers to 8 AFC North Division Titles, 10 post-season playoff berths, coached 21 playoff games and coached 6 AFC Championship games.

On January 5


, 2007 Bill Cowher resigned as coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers after 15 seasons. There wasn’t anything like watching someone that you could consider just like you, from the same area, raised the same way be able to live the dream right in front of you. “This Crafton boy lived the dream.”

Cowher had his ups and downs as coach of the Steelers, he only won one of those AFC Championship games at home and for a long time had the label of not being able to win the big one. He had back-to-back losing seasons but the Steelers organization stuck by him and let him go out on his terms just like they did with his successor.

"“To the fans of Pittsburgh I’ve said this before. I’m a part of you. You can take the people out of Pittsburgh, but you can’t take the Pittsburgh out of people.” – Bill Cowher"

Bill Cowher remains a football analyst for CBS Sports and has never taken another coaching job since leaving the Steelers.

Next: Mean Joe Greene