Terrible News swept around the NFL today. Marty Schottenheimer has passed away. He was a Pittsburgh Native and helped Bill Cowher turn into the Hall of Fame Coach in Pittsburgh. Schottenheimer finished his career with a record of 200-126-1. That is the most wins of any coach not inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Marty was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014. He was moved to a hospice facility near his home in Charlotte on January 30th and passed away today.
Bill Cowher on Marty: “He mentored me from the moment I met him,” said Cowher. He was an amazing coach, teacher, leader, and most importantly, my friend.”
Cower was hired as special teams coordinator in 1985 and promoted to defensive backs coach in 1987 under Schottenheimer. When Marty moved from the Cleveland Browns to the Kansas City Chiefs he brought Bill Cowher with him and Cowher was the defensive coordinator from 1989 to 1991 in Kansas City. It was because of Marty Schottenheimer why Bill Cowher became a Head Coach in the NFL. He mentored him and he did an amazing job with Cowher. Today Bill said his goodbyes to his mentor, teacher, leader, and friend.
Bill Cowher on Twitter saying Goodbye to Marty Schottenheimer: "It's hard to put into words what Marty Schottenheimer meant to me. I played for him, I coached for him. He mentored me from the moment I met him. He was an amazing coach, teacher, leader, and most importantly, my friend. My condolences to Pat, Kristen, and Brian. I will always be indebted for the guidance and support he provided. The NFL lost a legend, but heaven has been blessed with a leader. Marty, you always said, There's a gleam, men! That gleam is and always was, YOU. Rest In Peace, Coach. I LOVE YOU. May your spirit live on forever."