The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced today that former Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Bill Cowher ’79 is one of 11 new candidates on the list of modern-era players, coaches and others who will be considered for enshrinement next year.
Cowher joins two other coaches, Bill Parcells and Marty Schottenheimer, on the list of new candidates. Some of the former players included on the list for the first time are running back Tiki Barber, quarterback Drew Bledsoe and wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson.
Cowher played linebacker at NC State, lettering all four years and serving as a team captain his senior year. Cowher led the Wolfpack in tackles his junior and senior years.
Cowher was featured in a 1994 cover story in the NC State alumni magazine. By then, Cowher had achieved success as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. But he was quoted in the article talking about his days playing for the Wolfpack:
“I was an emotional guy,” he said. “And when game day rolled around, it was always business, I was in a different state of mind. I could really get into it.”
The complete list of nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012 has 103 candidates. That list will be pared down over the next few months to a list of 15 modern-era finalists in January.
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It may be a little disheartening that the Pittsburgh Penguins knocked the Carolina Hurricanes out of the Stanley Cup playoffs last night, but the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review provides some good news in this somewhat amusing rundown of Bill Cowher’s stint as the “siren sounder” during last night’s game at the RBC Center, home to the Hurricanes and the Wolfpack men’s basketball team. Cowher, a 1979 graduate, played football at NC State and was the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1992 to 2006.
Cranking the Hurricanes’ warning siren with his right hand and grasping a white Carolina rally towel with his left hand — sans his Super Bowl XL ring — Bill Cowher no longer bleeds black and gold . . . .
Since Cowher moved to Raleigh two years ago, the North Carolina State graduate has taken a liking to the Hurricanes — and seemingly betrayed the Penguins. That gets sticky considering Cowher patrolled the Steelers sidelines for 15 seasons, won a Super Bowl in 2006 and had a street named after him in Crafton. . . .
“I don’t like it,” said Penguins fan Kyle Patton, of Johnstown. “We love Bill Cowher, but when you look at him, you think black and gold, not red.”
Also be sure to click to enlarge the Tribune-Review‘s photo of him cranking the Hurricanes’ warning siren. It’s a great shot.
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Football wide receiver Donald Bowens and athletics marketing intern Blake Scher are working with Tim Peeler to save history in Reynolds Coliseum's basement. (Courtesy of GoPack.com)
Cool news for Wolfpack fans. GoPack.com’s Tim Peeler ’87 is spending the spring and summer going through the basement of Reynolds Coliseum—filled with thousands of uncataloged photos, trophies, news clippings, film and paperwork related to NC State’s athletics history. Among the finds he’s reported so far on GoPack.com’s WolfBlog:
- film of former NC State basketball coach Everett Case coaching a high school team in the 1937 Indiana basketball playoffs;
- three never-claimed rings for the ACC football championship that NC State won in 1979; and
- former Pittsburgh Steeler head coach Bill Cowher’s long-lost personnel file, which contains all the photos and clippings from his days playing football at NC State.
What will Tim uncover next? Follow him on Twitter, and keep checking back in with us. We’ll highlight discoveries.
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