The Pittsburgh Steelers have a long-withstanding tradition of success; it doesn’t get much better than this.
Nonetheless, even the winningest franchises in the league have also experienced plenty of heartbreak and sorrow every now and then.
Needless to say, the legendary Bill Cowher knows a thing or two about that.
Recently, he admitted that losing in the AFC Championship Game actually hurt more than losing in the Super Bowl (via Trib Live and Steelers Depot on Twitter).
— Steelers Depot 7⃣ (@Steelersdepot) January 25, 2024
In an interview with Ernie Johnson for his The Steamroom podcast, Cowher relieved some of his most painful losses as the Seelers’ boss.
Even so, it’s not like he didn’t have a successful run in front of the Black and Gold.
He won a Super Bowl, was named AP Coach of the Year once, and two times Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year.
He also won two AFC Championships, eight divisional titles, won an ESPY for being the Best Coach/Manager, and is a part of both the Steelers’ Hall of Honor and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He retired with a 149-90-1 record (.623) in the regular season and a 12-9 record in the postseason (.571), which makes up for a 161-99-1 (.619) record overall.
Even so, staying on the door of the big game four times was something he’ll never be able to get over.
Whatever the case, he’ll always go down as one of the best coaches in franchise history, and no one can take anything away from him and everything he accomplished and did for the organization.