Former Steelers HC Bill Cowher selected for HOF

Former Steelers head coach, Browns assistant Bill Cowher going into Pro Football Hall of Fame

A special panel met at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, to choose 10 Seniors (players who last played more than 25 seasons ago), three Contributors (an individual other than a player or coach), and two Coaches (who last coached more than five seasons ago).

Cowher, a Crafton native, was one of eight finalists vying for two spots in the coaching portion of the Centennial Slate.

Not only was Cowher in total shock, but he had actually been mentally preparing himself just in case he didn't get in.

The 38 finalists were chosen from a list of nearly 300 nominees over the course of the past five months. I've lived a blessed life. "I've been so blessed".

Cowher became part of CBS' NFL programming in February 2007. The remainder of the 15-member class of enshrinees will be revealed Wednesday morning.

Cowher finished his career as one of only six coaches in National Football League history with at least seven division titles, and he joined Paul Brown as the only coaches in history to take their teams to the playoffs in each of their first six years as coach. That'll be done by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, and two more Steelers, Troy Polamalu and Alan Faneca, are finalists.

Former Steelers safety Donnie Shell is among the 20 finalists for 10 spots in the senior category. At the time the then-35 year-old was the youngest head coach in the league as he went on to lead the Steelers to 11 wins in his first season.

Cowher succeeded Hall of Famer Chuck Noll as Steelers coach in 1992.

"Bill Cowher, he continually challenged me throughout my career", said Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis, a member of the Hall of Honor. And by the time he stepped down in 2006, he had accumulated 149 regular-season wins, 12 playoff wins, nine seasons with at least 10 wins, 10 playoff seasons and a Super Bowl win.

Cowher's the 327th overall member of the Pro Football Hall, the 182nd who's living.

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