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Steelers’ Bill Cowher Through the Years

Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher is among the finalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, alongside fellow Steelers coach Buddy Parker and Steelers safety Donnie Shell, among others. In the 15 seasons that Cowher was with the Steelers, he took them to the playoffs 10 times, the Super Bowl twice and won eight division titles. From high school in Crafton and cameos in “The Waterboy” to a White House visit with President George W. Bush, take a look through the years via our archives here.

Steelers coach Bill Cowher, left, congratulates Steelers owner Dan Rooney after defeating the Washington Redskins 24-3 in the final game at Three Rivers Stadium, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, in Pittsburgh. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)
A 1975 yearbook folder of Crafton native Bill Cowher, a standout linebacker for Carlynton High School. (Submitted)
Pittsburgh Steelers’ coach Bill Cowher, left, disputes a call with line judge Jeff Bergman in the 4th quarter of the Steelers’ 20-19 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Aug. 23, 1996, in Philadelphia. (Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)
Miami Dolphins’ coach Jimmy Johnson, seated left, and Pittsburgh Steelers’ coach Bill Cowher, seated right, in the Adam Sandler comedy “The Waterboy.” (Courtesy Touchstone Pictures)
Coach Bill Cowher gives guidance to rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during a timeout, Oct. 10, 2004, at Heinz Field. (Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)
Steelers’ coach Bill Cowher and his wife, Kaye, share stories with third graders at Fairview Elementary School, March 2, 2000, in Fox Chapel. (Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)
Steelers’ running back Jerome Bettis competes with coach Bill Cowher during practice on June 4, 1997. (Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)
Hiring day for 34-year-old new Steelers coach Bill Cowher, pictured during a press conference at Three Rivers Stadium, Jan. 21, 1991, in Pittsburgh. (Andy Starnes/Post-Gazette)
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, left, shakes hands with Steelers’ Coach Bill Cowher, during a bike ride from Schenley Park to Point State Park on Sept. 10, 1998. (Tony Tye/Post-Gazette)
Steelers coach Bill Cowher checks out the Bethel Park Blackhawk jockey shorts he received along with other Bethel Park clothing items after he spoke at the high school on Jan. 21, 1998. (Bob Donaldson/Post-Gazette)
Steelers president Art Rooney II, center, poses with the 2019 Hall of Honor Class members Larry Brown, Bill Cowher, Hines Ward and Joe Nickel, standing in for his father, Elbie, Sept. 30 2019, at Heinz Field. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Vice President Al Gore throws a pass as Steelers coach Bill Cowher watches, Sept. 22, 2000, at the Steelers’ training facility on the South Side. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
President George Bush jokes with the Steelers during a special ceremony in the East Room at the White House on June 2, 2006. Pictured are Dan Rooney, behind Bush, with coach Bill Cowher, far left. (Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)
Former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher conducts a “mini-camp” for at-risk families at the Family Retreat Center, June 9, 2007, in Cranberry. (Post-Gazette)
Steelers coach Bill Cowher is doused by Duval Love after the Steelers’ win over the Cleveland Browns in Cowher’s first AFC Playoff victory, January 7, 1995, at Three Rivers Stadium.
Steelers’ Jerome Bettis and head coach Bill Cowher talk on stage during a parade for the team’s celebratory Super Bowl XL parade, Feb. 7, 2006, in downtown Pittsburgh. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Steelers coach Bill Cowher celebrates beside his wife Kaye after beating Seattle for the Super Bowl XL title, Feb. 5, 2006, at Ford Field in Detroit. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Team members of the 2005-2006 Pittsburgh Steelers share a laugh with coach Bill Cowher before getting a team photo taken during media day, Jan. 30, 2006, at Ford Field in Detroit. (Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)