On this day in Steelers history, two Hall of Famers became the Steelers when Bill Cower was hired and Ernie Stoutner was drafted.
January 21, 1992
Coach Bill Cower Hired
Bill Cowher was introduced 30 years ago on this day as the 15th head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He replaces Chuck Noll, who led the Steelers to his four Super Bowl championships during his tenure.
Cowher, who grew up in the Pittsburgh area, never sought to replace Noll and sought to continue the traditions he had established.
“Chuck Noll is a legend and it would be a mistake to ignore his success,” Cower said at a press conference. “It’s not something we try to put off, it’s something we try to build.”
Cowher spent 15 seasons as the Steelers’ coach, leading the team to postseason appearances in each of its first six seasons, tying an NFL record. During his 15-year tenure, the Steelers won 10 games in the postseason, winning 8 division titles, 6 AFC championship games and 2 Super Bowl appearances. , won Super Bowl XL.
Cowher finished his career with the Steelers with a record of 161-99-1 (.619), including a regular season record of 149-90-1 (.623).
Cowher’s success has been well documented and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 2020 class.
“I came to Pittsburgh[as a Steelers coach]at 34,” Cowher said in his Hall of Fame speech. “I knew the traditions and expectations of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I grew up there so I know what Chuck Noll and his 1970s Steelers did to revitalize the Pittsburgh area. What I didn’t know was how to work on the inside. There was a leader, who never missed a moment of guidance and inspired those around him.The core values of the Rooney family have always been to value family, community and just do what is right. Isn’t that what the Hall of Fame family is all about?”