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Pro football: Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher visits Moore, holds clinic

A story on Moore youth football is scheduled to run Dec. 8 on CBS' national pregame show. Cowher is currently an analyst on the show.
by Michael Baldwin Published: November 20, 2013
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photo - Bill Cowher talks with parents at a clinic at Southmoore High school for two teams from the Oklahoma Elite Football League Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Bill Cowher talks with parents at a clinic at Southmoore High school for two teams from the Oklahoma Elite Football League Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

“Six months later, this shows how much people still care about what happened here,” Brickman said. “To meet Coach Cowher is big-time. He's one of the all-timers, a Hall of Fame coach.”

Charlie Bloom, the CBS producer in charge of the project, specializes in features from the NCAA Basketball Tournament, college football and the NFL.

“This story in Moore, there is definitely something very special,” Bloom said. “When you see a community like this rally the way they have, it's a story that tells itself. I'm really excited. I hope we can portray the emotion of what's happened here. What this community has done is amazing.”

Cowher, 56, retired seven years ago after he compiled 149 wins in 15 years with the Steelers. He grew up in a small town, Crafton, Pa., and played at North Carolina State. Cowher was an undrafted linebacker who played six years in the NFL.

Cowher said Wednesday's session with 40 sixth-grade kids from the tornado ravaged community is something he's been looking forward to.

“With HeadsUp Football, our No. 1 thing is to know what to look for when dealing with concussions,” Cowher said. “Second, make sure they have proper equipment. Fitting is very, very important. Third, we need to certify coaches, make sure we have coaches that teach the correct techniques.

“Things you learn in the game of football transcend into life, being successful in life. Is there risk playing football? Yes. But there's risk in life. What this sport does for kids is immeasurable.”

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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