Hall President and CEO David Baker delivered the news live in studio to Cowher, an analyst for CBS, during the network's "The NFL Today" pregame show broadcast. The crew on the CBS set then all came to congratulate him.
Here's the video of Baker giving the news to 62-year-old Steelers coaching legend. I had some great players, some great coaches, the best organization in football.
Cowher finished his career with a 161-99-1 record for a.619 winning percentage. "I've lived a blessed life".
TV moments don't get much better than this. The remainder of the Centennial Slate will be announced on Wednesday morning while the modern era class will be voted on and announced the Saturday before the Super Bowl.
The blue-ribbon panel - which included members of the Hall's board of selectors, league historians, Hall of Famers and Patriots coach Bill Belichick - chose the centennial class from a list of 38 finalists during a meeting at the Hall of Fame this past Wednesday.
The Centennial Slate includes 10 seniors (players who last played more than 25 seasons ago), three contributors (an individual other than a player or coach) and two coaches (who last coached more than five seasons ago). "I just think about the players", Cowher said. He began his coaching career as a special teams coordinator for the Browns in 1985 under Marty Schottenheimer for two seasons and was the team's secondary coach in 1987 and 1988. He won one Super Bowl, in the 2005 season.
Cowher, a Pennsylvania native, went to NC State, before a six-year National Football League career. "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 certainly felt like he was a good bet to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame.