In honor of Bill Cowher's selection for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Centenial Class of 2020, we'd like to present to you Bill Cowher's first-ever game as head coach, an amazing preview of a brilliant coaching career to come!
Trailing 14-0 early in the game, Cowher proves he has massive Kahunas, calling a brilliant fake punt on 4th and 15 -- a pass from punter Mark Royals to RB Warren Williams -- that covers 44 yds, all the way to the Houston 1-yd line. Barry Foster takes it in a play later to get the Steelers back in the game at 14-7.
On Houston's next drive, rookie Darren Perry's INT results in a Gary Anderson FG, narrowing it to 14-10. As usual, Rod Woodson is phenomenal, snagging 2 of Warren Moon's 5 interceptions including a HUUUGE drive-ending pick in the end zone.
With the Oilers leading 24-22 and poised to land the knockout blow at the Steeler 3-yd line, Moon drops back, finds no one open, scrambles right, and with Jerrol Williams draped around his waist, throws a jump ball into the end zone back to his left. Rod Woodson leaps up and fields the desperation pass like a rebound 1-yd deep in the end zone, ducks a tackle and then streaks 57 yds through traffic to the Oiler 43-yd line.
Facing a suddenly dispirited Houston defense, Neil O'Donnell cooly drives the Steelers 43 yds in 5 plays, capping the drive with a game-winning 9-yd TD pass to Adrian Cooper. Despite coughing up an early fumble/scoop/score that gives Houston their first TD, O'Donnell (chosen by Cowher to succeed Bubby Brister) is particularly clutch all afternoon, hitting 14 of 23 for 223 yds, 2 TDs and perhaps most importantly, 0 Int).
In his first real start, Barry Foster is nearly unstoppable (26 carries, 107 yds, 1 TD) and sets the tone for his amazing breakout season. And although Warren Moon puts up mostly respectable numbers (29 of 45 for 330 yds, 2 TD), his 5 INTs are devastating. A fantastic debut to Cowher's head coaching career and a portend of great things to come.
"Lambert didn't see me coming until the last instant. He tried to square up but couldn't, and I drilled him -- just floored him. The play went for a score, and he got up cussing and yelling with the wildest eyes I've ever seen!" More...
I was a failed Steeler draft choice as a tight end coming out of Nebraska in
1978 (7th round, selected 187th overall), but during my brief stint with the team, I experienced a couple of memorable Jack Lambert moments first hand that I thought your readers would enjoy.
Lambert was as intimidating in camp as he was in games... maybe even more so. Nobody
messed with Jack. NOBODY. His respect was solid within the team. He was his own man and was not
into political correctness in the slightest because I believe his heart was
pure and he was comfortable within himself. At our first team lunch with the
vets in camp, we had to stand up and introduce ourselves -- rookies and star veterans alike -- and tell what school we played for. When it came his turn, Jack stood up on
his chair and shouted like a Marine drill sergeant, "I'm Jack Lambert,
I'm from Grambling and if you don't like it, you can kiss my
skinny white a$$!" He sat back down without even a trace of a smile and the
place just went nuts, howling and laughing. Grambling is, of course, a predominantly "black"
state university in Louisiana...
Given enough time, nearly any discussion of the Steelers will eventually turn to the greatest "what if" in the annals of Pittsburgh sports: What if the Steelers had drafted Dan Marino? Oddly enough, this subject came up during a conversation about the 1990 Steelers' 35-0 victory over the Browns. One thing led to another, and... well, Marino, of course. :)
"In my hypothetical, the Steelers draft Dan Marino in the 1983 NFL Draft and the Steelers go to the Super Bowl at least four, maybe five times between 1983 through 1999." ~ Matthew Simon
Seems legit. Personally, I think Marino would've been good for one, maybe two more Lombardi's in Pittsburgh. What are your thoughts?
While I was glad to see the Steelers do the right thing this week by standing respectfully during the National Anthem, the Ravens chose to disgrace themselves by taking a knee for a phony "prayer" prior to the Anthem, for which they were lustily booed by their home crowd. Meanwhile, players on other NFL teams continue to disrespect the flag.
Roger Goodell could easily put an end to this nonsense. But presumably for the sake of political correctness...
Our first prayer is that Ryan Shazier makes a full recovery that allows him to lead a normal, full and happy life; that he'll be able to walk and run and play with his children. Thankfully, he continues to improve and appears to be on that path, although playing football again may or may not be in his future. Spinal stabilization surgery means he won't return to football this season, but it doesn't necessarily rule out football in his future. We continue to pray for Ryan, his family and his continued improvement.
A Life Truly Well Lived
Comments by dbsfgyd1
"He was the first Steeler I met. It was the spring of 1964. The local YMCA had a 'Night With the Steelers' son and dads program. I became a fan during the 1963 season..."
Random pic of Jack Lambert kicking @$$... just because.
Watch 70's Steelers Games on MP4 Go ahead, get stuck in the '70s! We've been converting our extensive library of classic Steelers games (as they were originally broadcast by the networks) from VHS to digital. Now you can relive these fantastic gridiron battles right here! Games that are ready to watch will have a green light next to them on the list. If you don't see a green light, the game isn't there yet (but wil be coming soon). More...Fan Message Board Let your voice be heard on our fan message board! Connect with other fans, share your thoughts on the Steelers or weigh in on about just about any other topic you find of interest. More...
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Bill Cowher Mic'd Up (ESPN Feature, 1993)
An entertaining look (and listen) from Bill Cowher's second season as head coach. During Pittsburgh's 1993 drubbing of the previously undefeated Saints, ESPN mic'd up Bill Cowher for their semi-regular "Sound Tracks" feature. What ensues is a great window into the psyche of the young coach, giving us a glimpse of the passion, intensity and one-on-one communication style that made Cowher's players love, respect and relate to him so well.
Enjoy the video, and then take a look at Bill Cowher's remarkable 1992 debut season.
Update: Think history can't repeat itself? The original Three Rivers Jinx was 16 games. Cleveland's current losing streak at Hines Field? 16 games. :)
Webster's Dictionary defines the verb "to hex" as "to affect if by an evil spell." In the NFL, hex is defined as "that which happened to the Cleveland Browns whenever they played in Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium." From the facility's opening in 1970 through 1985, the Browns made 16 trips to Pittsburgh... and came home losers 16 times. This great "Distant Replay" clip from 1995 details the "Three Rivers Jinx" and features interviews with past coaches and players. A very entertaining watch which was broadcast before the "original" Browns' final trip the Three Rivers on Monday Night Football in 1995, which ironically, would be their 7th straight defeat in a "new" losing streak in Pittsburgh. Enjoy!
Nine of the sixteen original "jinx" games are available to watch on this site. Click below to watch a game:
2004 was a truly SPECIAL season for the Steelers, despite not hoisting a Lombardi at the end. It remains one of my favorite seasons of all time, and other than 1976, the 2004 squad was perhaps the best Steeler team to not win a Super Bowl. It was an incredibly fun year. And central to that fun was the birth of the Ben Roethlisberger era.
Ben elevated the team from the moment he stepped on the field. By his 3rd start, he was taking over games. He very quickly distinguished himself as the best player on offense, and his insertion into the starting lineup almost instantly transformed that team from talented underachiever to heavyweight contender. The young QB wasn't perfect... but he had "Hall of Fame" written all over him right from the start. And the Steelers immediately began winning games with Ben that they would've lost without him.
Throughout his career, it's never been about what Roethlisberger has done "statistically." He's never been a particularly coveted fantasy football player, even in the midst of 5000-yard seasons. That's because fantasy football is 100% stats-based, and stats aren't what make Ben great. It's about what he does in BIG moments, clutch plays that "only" Ben Roethlisberger makes, that winning edge that he brought to the team from the moment he stepped on the field. Ben is largely defined by intangibles. But first and foremost, it's about WINNING. And he's been winning since the start.
This video features highlights from every regular season game of Ben Roethlisberger's amazing "Rookie of the Year" season in 2004. It's a long video (16-1/2 minutes), but I've watched it multiple times and it makes me smile every time.
Enjoy the video, and then go take a look at the remarkable 2004 season for a deeper look at one of the great teams in Pittsburgh Steelers history.
Fans of classic NFL football -- from a time when the game was still REAL -- are once again under attack by the NFL and their legal goons.
The "No Fun League" recently had all of our 440+ classic game videos removed via a copyright claim to Vimeo.
As if we needed it, more reason to hate the current NFL. Thanks for sucking a little more joy out of the world, Mr. Goodell.
It would be different if they offered fans a way to see these classic games. I don't deny that these games are the NFL's intellectual property and they have the right to do this. But it disgusts me that they choose to do it when they don't offer a way for fans to relive the overwhelming majority of these classic games. They certainly COULD make them available; I would pay money to have access to top-notch quality videos of old Steelers games (I'm sure others would as well). Yet, they don't do it.
For a game that has so much of what makes it special wrapped up in its history, the NFL does a piss-poor job of preserving and sharing that legacy. I find it baffling. Perhaps they don't want fans to see how much better the game used to be?
Whatever the case, this site will continue to serve as a historical record of the glory days of the NFL. Like the Steelers of Chuck Noll, we will continue to do "Whatever It Takes" to bring you these classic games, because every fan deserves an opportunity to witness the greatness of those Steelers teams of the '70s.
Keep the faith. We will NEVER give up.
~ Tim McMillen
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