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Publisher's Summary

A poignant, inspirational story about football, family, and love from Bill Cowher, the Super Bowl-winning, Hall-of-Fame Pittsburgh Steelers coach, and cohost of CBS’ The NFL Today.

Long before the Lombardi Trophy, the Golden Hall of Fame jacket, and successful TV career, legendary head coach Bill Cowher was simply “Billy from Crafton".

Born and raised just 15 minutes from old Three Rivers Stadium, it was in Crafton where the foundation of Cowher’s irrepressible work ethic, passion for teaching, and love of football and the Pittsburgh Steelers were built. Now, for the first time, Cowher will shine a light on a life filled with success, achieved through will and resilience in situations which, often times, appeared to be hopeless.

In Heart and Steel, Cowher will take you on his journey from childhood to the undersized, mohawked, disco-dancing North Carolina State linebacker, to fighting for a spot as a “bubble player” with the Browns and Eagles, before injuries ended his playing career. Bill will discuss how that same drive led to his big coaching break, running Special Teams for Marty Schottenheimer and the Cleveland Browns at just 27 years old, before taking over the Pittsburgh Steelers just seven years later. Cowher will reveal exclusive, never-before-told anecdotes and candid thoughts on the biggest games, players, and moments that defined his 15-year Steelers tenure.

But this is more than a “football story".

In 2010, Bill lost his beloved wife, Kaye, and father, Laird, within three months of one another. It forced him, yet again, to summon that resiliency to unearth a stronger version of himself - not only so he could march on, but to add a deeper level to the loving, supportive father his three daughters had always known.

Cowher’s learned many lessons in his life; as a father, grandfather, husband, coach, and broadcaster. He will show you how you can continue to grow by embracing transition, personally and professionally, through renewed perspective and social consciousness.

“Billy from Crafton” has come a long way. Through love and conviction, Cowher’s achieved more than he ever could have dreamed of. You can, too, with the same heart and steel.

©2021 William L. Cowher. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Incredible.

Born and raised a Pittsburgher who bleeds black and gold and grew up in the Cowher era, I couldn’t wait to listen to this book. It was everything I expected it to be and more. I just wish the narrator could correctly pronounce Polamalu.

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Great listen that brought me back to the mid 90s days of the Steelers. highly recommend!

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Heart and Steel

I wish there were more men in this world like Bill Cowher. What a boy, son, husbands, Dad, player, & most over Coach of the Steelers. It was so nice to bring back some great memories of the good old days of NFL before they got so involved in Politics!!!

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Fantastic! Thank you Coach Cowher!

For those of us from the Pittsburgh area, or just any die-hard Steelers fan, this is a MUST! Great insight into pivotal moment in his life and career. I only wish Coach had narrated it himself.

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Great Book Horrible Reader

The content of the book is great however the reader leaves a lot to be desired. When you think of Bill Cowher, you think of the chin, the stare, the emotion! This book was read in a monotone with no emotion at all. I was dealing with it ok but then he pronounced Troy Polamalu's name wrong. Just the wrong choice for a great book.

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For every Steeler fan who loves the Chin.

it is a great listen that will have you smiling and cheering for the successes of his coaching playing and life, but it'll also make you cry.

powerful insight to one of Pittsburgh's finest.

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Great Book!

Bill tells a great story and it’s an amazing path he had in life. Must read for anyone.

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Couldn’t stop listening…

I’ve always loved the Steelers and Bill Cowher. This book contained everything I wanted to know. The ins and outs of coaching. The mention of old coaches and players from all around the NFL. Stories about his parents and the pride they had for their son. The beautiful love story between he and Kay and then V. The relationships with his daughters is so touching. I love and admire the guy even more. Thanks Coach!

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Title Fits Perfectly

Much like Cowher himself, this book strikes at the emotional center of a life full of meaningful labor and relationships by taking the simple facts of what happened and piecing them together into a beautiful tapestry. It’s simple. It’s beautiful. Full of determination, deference, and surprisingly delicate handling of life’s devastating realities.

Narrator even sounds a little like Cowher, but not so much that non-Yinzers wouldn’t understand.
I highly recommend - Steelers, football, sports fan or not.

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A must listen for all Steelers fans..

A great listen from Bill Cowher, giving a behind the scene look into the highlights and lowlights of his life.

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