The remainder of the 15-person Centennial Slate for the Class of 2020, which in total will consist of 20 members, will be revealed Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 a.m. ET live during "Good Morning Football" on NFL Network.
Although it was for his coaching days with the Steelers, former Browns linebacker and assistant Bill Cowher found out Saturday that he'll have a permanent home in Canton with his selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"I mean, what can I say?"
The first member of this year's class? He went with Schottenheimer to Kansas City where he was the defensive coordinator for three seasons before taking the top job in Pittsburgh.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers will have another head coach in the Hall of Fame. He gained a reputation for being a fiery and emotional coach, with his square chin making him an instantly recognizable figure on the sideline. He also led the Steelers to two Super Bowls (winning one) and nine division championships.
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. "One of our most successful coaches in team history, Bill's energy and dedication for coaching was evident in every practice and every game". Cowher is a CBS analyst.
"Bill was always a family man and made the tough decision to walk away at a young age to focus on them", Steelers President Art Rooney II said in a statement tweeted by the team.
Several of Cowher's former Steelers players offered their congratulations on social media, including Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis.