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Bill Cowher

Posted on: December 21, 2010.

Bill Cowher is one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, who in his 15 years helming the Pittsburgh Steelers won eight division titles, earned 10 postseason playoff berths, coached 21 playoff games, advanced to six AFC Championship games (winning two) and made two Super Bowl appearances, winning one.

A star athlete in high school and linebacker at N.C. State, Cowher played five years in the NFL before taking an assistant coaching job under Marty Schottenheimer with the Cleveland Browns in 1985. 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. Cowher succeeded Chuck Noll as Steelers’head coach in 1992.

Under Cowher, the Steelers improved to 11-5 from a disappointing 7-9 season the previous year. In 1995, at age 38, he became the youngest coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl, losing 27-17 to the Dallas Cowboys. Cowher was 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 legendary Cleveland Browns’coach Paul Brown. He is one of only six coaches in NFL history to claim at least seven division titles. Under Cowher, the Steelers never had two consecutive losing seasons

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