He is Pittsburgh through and through, born and raised in the Crafton neighborhood that sits just outside the city limits, in a family that loved football.
That love of football took Bill Cowher to the NFL, for a short stint as a player, and a lasting career as a coach.
NFL Network will premiere, ‘A Football Life: Bill Cowher,’ tonight at 8 p.m., a show which chronicles Cowher’s journey that while is about football, also focuses on family, because that is where his base has always been.
“I’m an emotional guy,” said Cowher in the show. “I wear my emotions on my sleeve. My football life has been as much about family as it’s been about football.”
Cowher entered the NFL coaching ranks with the Cleveland Browns as their special teams coach and later secondary coach. He moved up the ladder when he went to the Kansas City Chiefs as their defensive coordinator from 1989-91.
Cowher was hired as the Steelers coach in 1992, bringing with him fire and energy.
“When you coach with that type of passion, it’s infectious,” said Jerome Bettis.
He led the Steelers to a victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. In his 15 seasons he guided the team to eight division titles and his teams played in six AFC Championship games and two Super Bowls.
“There is nothing greater in life than to do something that nobody thinks you can do,” said Cowher.
The show features interviews with Bettis, Roethlisberger, Rod Woodson, Joey Porter, as well as Cowher’s three daughters, Meagan, Lauren and Lindsay.
The topics it hits on include the family bond, his relationship with Marty Schottenheimer, winning Super Bowl XL, the passing of his wife Kaye, and his current role as an analyst for CBS Sports.