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Bill Cowher Selected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher has been elected to be part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

Cowher, a Crafton, Pa., native who served as Steelers head coach from 1992-2006, finished his coaching career with a 161-99-1 record. He guided the Steelers to victory in Super Bowl XL and won NFL Coach of the Year Awards in 1992 (Associated Press and Sporting News) and 2004 (Sporting News).

As head coach, his teams won the AFC two times, made it to six AFC Championships, won the AFC Central or North Division eight times and made the postseason 10 times.

He was selected as part of the Hall of Fame’s Centennial Class, an extra large class to represent the NFL’s 100th season. A blue-ribbon panel of comprised of Hall of Fame selectors, inductees, coaches, football executives and historians made the selection.


The announcement of Cowher’s section was made live during his CBS broadcast of the Tennessee Titans-Baltimore Ravens Divisional playoff game.

“This feels like I did when I won the Super Bowl because I said, it took a while to make sure, was that real?” Cowher said during the broadcast. “This seems very surreal to me.”

Cowher is the second Steelers head coach to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Chuck Noll, who was inducted in 1993. Founder Art Rooney and chairman Dan Rooney have also been inducted as contributors.

“Congratulations to Bill Cowher on his election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” current Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement. “One of our most successful coaches in team history, Bill’s energy and dedication for coaching was evident in every practice and every game. His Pittsburgh roots were perfect for our organization because he knew the history and passion of our fans and he wanted to bring a Super Bowl back to his hometown.”

Before coaching the Steelers, Cowher was a defensive coordinator under Marty Schottenheimer in Kansas City from 1998-91. He was special teams coach and then defensive backs coach for the Cleveland Browns from 1985-88.

Cowher played in the NFL for six seasons, playing with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1979 and from 1983-84 and for the Browns from 1980-82. He joined the Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of NC State in 1979. Cowher played football, basketball and track for Carlynton High School.

After his coaching career, Cowher has broadcast for CBS since 2007.

Amongst Cowher’s former assistants, eight have gone on to become NFL head coaches: current Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, along with Dom Capers, Chan Gailey, Jim Haslett, Dick LeBeau, Marvin Lewis, Mike Mularkey and Ken Whisenhunt.

The full list of inductees will include one more coach, 10 senior player selections and three contributors. The rest of those selections will be announced on Jan. 15. The five modern-era inductees will be selected on Super Bowl weekend.

Former Steelers safety Donnie Shell is in the running for the senior players selections. Former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and guard Alan Faneca are modern player finalists.

The Steelers have 18 players inducted into the Hall fo Fame primarily as Steelers, the last coming in 2015, when Jerome Bettis was inducted. Eight players, three coaches and one executive associated with the Steelers have also been indicted largely for their contributions elsewhere.

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Who’s the Greatest Quarterback in Steelers History?

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Since it’s possible Ben Roethlisberger has played his last game as a Steeler, it’s only natural to start reflecting back on his legacy and determine how to put his career it in its proper perspective.

There’s no debate needed about if Roethlisberger will someday be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’s a lock for Canton. But when you play for an historic franchise rich with success and legendary figures, being an NFL all-time great doesn’t necessarily guarantee you are also labeled the best at your position in the history of the team. While Roethlisberger has the clear edge in statistics, some older Pittsburgh fans will forever proclaim he’s only the second greatest quarterback in Steelers history.

Terry Bradshaw’s numbers don’t hold up well with elite quarterbacks of later generations, but he did lead the Black and Gold to 4 Super Bowl titles, earning Super Bowl MVP honors twice, which is something Roethlisberger failed to accomplish in either of his two championship seasons.

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Tickets on Sale for 2021 Hall of Fame Game Between Steelers, Cowboys

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The NFL’s Hall of Fame Game will return in 2021 after taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will face the Dallas Cowboys in a matchup between two of the league’s most stored franchises, a meeting that was originally scheduled for the summer of 2020. As of now, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is going forward with plans to have fans in attendance for the August enshrinement ceremonies and the game.

The game is scheduled to kick off the 2021 NFL preseason in Canton, Ohio at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 5 during enshrinement weekend, a weekend that is already expected to be in large part about the Steelers franchise. Steelers Class of 2021 inductees Alan Fanceca and Bill Nunn will be officially enshrined along with Class of 2020 honorees Bill Cowher, Troy Polamalu, Donnie Shell, and Pitt’s Jimbo Covert.

The Class of 2020 enshrinement ceremony will be on Saturday, Aug. 7. The Class of 2021 will be honored on Sunday, Aug. 8.

The Steelers and Cowboys will both be playing in the Hall of Fame game for the seventh time, but have never faced one another in the game.

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Evaluating Maurkice Pouncey’s Hall of Fame Credentials

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Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey retired after 11 seasons with the team late last week. The veteran departs after being one of the best centers in the NFL for most of his career, and that has many wondering if Pouncey’s next stop will be the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

So how does Pouncey’s stack up against those that have already been enshrined and those that have been left on the outside looking in? Let’s take a look.

The first strike against Pouncey is that there aren’t a whole lot of direct comparisons to players in Canton. Just 13 players ever have been inducted as a center and seven of them played all or most of their careers before the NFL/AFL merger. The six modern-era centers to make the hall are Jim Langer, Mike Webster, Dwight Stephenson, Dermontti Dawson, Mick Tingelhoff and Kevin Mawae. Here are their credentials that led to their enshrinement:

Jim Langer, Miami Dolphins & Minnesota Vikings
Seasons played: 12
Pro Bowls: 6
First-team All-Pros: 3
Second-team All-Pros: 3
All-Decade Team: 1970s
Super Bowl: 2 wins

Mike Webster, Pittsburgh Steelers & Kansas City Chiefs
Seasons played: 17
Pro Bowls: 9
First-team All-Pros: 7
Second-team All-Pros: 0
All-Decade Team: 1970s and 1980s
Super Bowl: 4 wins

Dwight Stephenson, Miami Dolphins
Seasons played: 8
Pro Bowls: 5
First-team All-Pros: 5
Second-team All-Pros: 1
All-Decade Team: 1980s
Super Bowl: 2 appearances


Dermontti Dawson, Pittsburgh Steelers
Seasons played: 12
Pro Bowls: 7
First-team All-Pros: 6
Second-team All-Pros: 0
All-Decade Team: 1990s
Super Bowl: 1 appearance

Mick Tingelhoff, Minnesota Vikings
Seasons played: 17
Pro Bowls: 6
First-team All-Pros: 5
Second-team All-Pros: 2
All-Decade Team: None
Super Bowl: 4 appearances

Kevin Mawae, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans
Seasons played: 16
Pro Bowls: 8
First-team All-Pros: 7
Second-team All-Pros: 1
All-Decade Team: 2000s
Super Bowl: none

Here’s Pouncey’s credentials, along with where he would rank amongst the other six modern-era inductees.

Seasons played: 11 (fifth)
Pro Bowls: 9 (tied-first)
First-team All-Pros: 5 (tied-fourth)
Second-team All-Pros: 2 (tied-second)
All-Decade Team: 2010s
Super Bowl: one appearance

It seems clear that Pouncey belongs with that group, if toward the back of it. One thing working in his favor is that there does not seem to be another player more deserving at the position waiting ahead of him. There were no semifinalists at center in the 2021 Hall of Fame class.

Only former Steelers guard Alan Faneca (who was voted in) and former Cincinnati Bengals tackle Willie Anderson and Jacksonville Jaguars tackle Tony Boselli were offensive linemen among the 25 semifinalists.

Perhaps if Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce ends up in the same pool as Pouncey, he could emerge ahead of the Pittsburgh lineman, but he has fewer Pro Bowls (four), first-team All-Pros (three) and was not part of an all-decade team. He did win Super Bowl LII with Philadelphia.

Alex Mack, the other center on the 2010s All-Decade team, is a six-time Pro Bowler and a three-time, second-team All-Pro.

Pouncey does not appear to be a slam dunk for the hall, but he is not out of place among the group of already inducted centers and there doesn’t appear to be a more deserving center candidate that will be considered any time soon.

The bad news for Pouncey is that enshrinement rarely comes quickly for centers. Langer was elected in his first year of eligibility. Webster went in seven years after his retirement — two more than the required five. Stephenson waited nine years, Mawae 10, Dawson 12 and Tingelhoff 37.

So even though Pouncey is eligible to be a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2026, it’s a good bet this is a discussion that will go on even longer than that.

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