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Stay Retired, Coach Bill Cowher

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 29:  Head Coach Bill Cowher of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts during the NFL game against the Oakland Raiders at McAfee Coliseum October 29, 2006 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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Mark PetroCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2010

Here's to hoping that Coach Cowher remains retired as a NFL head coach.

Don't get me wrong here...I have no desire to tread on a good man's prerogatives or drizzle upon any fan's Cheerios. Bill Cowher certainly deserves another shot at coaching an NFL team. And his return to the sidelines would be warmly welcomed by myself and virtually every other fan of this gentle giant of a human being and of the NFL.

My hope of Cowher's continuation of retirement from the sidelines rests solely in my passion for the Pittsburgh Steelers and their history. Coach Cowher is, in my opinion, a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame. His passion for the game and his sideline antics are the stuff of legend.

We all can say with no uncertainty that Bill Cowher's span of coaching with the Pittsburgh Steelers was critical to the continuation of our collective passion for the Black n' Gold.

To see Coach Cowher roaming the sidelines dressed in Silver and Blue, or Teal and Orange, or some other combination of NFL team colours would cause a certain amount of my diehard loyalties to be compromised. I would find it hard to root against the man, frankly. And as such I am certain that his legend in my memory would find even the slightest glaze of tarnish at some future point in time.

Because eventually, Coach Cowher would find himself staring across the gridiron at the team he once commanded towards a legendary streak of relentless toughness and success. After all, there are only 32 teams in this NFL. And time would bring this certain fate upon us all.

Who among us would honestly look forward to that moment? It is a lose-lose situation for every fan of the Black n' Gold. Should Cowher win the contest, we lose. Should Cowher lose the contest, wouldn't we have even the slightest twinge of regret that it had to come to this in the first place?

Stay retired Coach Cowher. Or come back to The Burgh in a lesser capacity...maybe as the next Defensive Coordinator of the team you love the most. Your passion, your toughness, your legend, would be most welcomed as the eventual replacement for our town's other Hall of Fame bound coaching marvel, Mr. Charles Richard LeBeau.

And the fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers would rise up in waves of elation over such a brilliant career decision.  

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