Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Bill Cowher has been announced as the first member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Centennial Class of 2020.
David Baker, the President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame told Cowher live on air during the CBS pre-game show. Cowher, who coached the steelers for 15 years, was visibly holding back tears.
The Steelers hired him as head coach in 1992. He coached the team until 2006. During his tenure with the Steelers he was 149-90-and 1 and made it to the playoffs in 10 of his 15 seasons, won 10 division titles, appeared in two Super Bowls and won the Super Bowl in 2005.
Cowher is the 2nd Steelers Head Coach to be inducted into the Hall of Fame with Chuck Knoll being enshrined in 1993. There's 22 members of the Steelers inducted in Canton including three of Cowher's former players (Jerome Bettis,Rod Woodson, and Dermontti Dawson).
The iconic iron jawed Head Coach is one of 20 inductees for the 2020 Hall of Fame class. He was one of eight coaching finalists for this year's class and will be joined by one other head coach that has yet to be announced. This year's class includes 10 senior members, three contributors, two coaches (one of which is Cowher) and five modern-era inductees. The five modern-era inductees will be announced during the NFL Honors award show the night before Super Bowl LIV.
Cowher left the sidelines in 2006 and was hired as an analyst for CBS in 2007.