5. Bill Cowher, Linebacker/Head Coach
A member of the Kardiac Kids, Bill Cowher played linebacker in Cleveland from 1980-1982. This came after he started his career as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles. He didn’t catch on with them back then but went back to Philly in 1983 following his days with Cleveland.
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During his time with the Browns, Cowher was primarily a backup. He did start four games but made most of his impact as a gunner on special teams. He later re-joined the team as an assistant coach and was there coaching special teams from 1985-1986 and then defensive backs from 1987-1988.
He got his first shot as a coordinator after that as the Kansas City Chiefs hired him to be their defensive coordinator in 1989. In 1992, he got his first — and only — head coaching gig. For Browns fans, it was tough to see as he joined the hated Pittsburgh Steelers. Even worse, he had one of the longer tenures in recent memory at coach as he was with the Steelers from 1992-2006.
During those 15 seasons, Cowher led his team to a record of 149-90-1. He also took them to the Super Bowl two times. The first, they lost to the Dallas Cowboys following the 1995 season. The second time he took them to the big game was in Super Bowl XL as his Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks. Cowher only coached one more season after that before retiring and now serves as a well-respected analyst for CBS.