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Making the Case for Bill Cowher’s Hall of Fame Induction

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Three former NC State players were among the 102 Modern-Era Nominees for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class released Friday.

Wide Receiver Torry Holt
Safety Adrian Wilson
Head Coach Bill Cowher

I’ve already made a case for the Holt and Wilson belonging in the Hall of Fame, and in this piece I will make the case for Bill Cowher landing in Canton, Ohio with the rest of the greats.

The former NC State linebacker was the head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 15 seasons, compiling a record 161-91-1. His 161 career wins ranks 19th in NFL history. Cowher led the Steelers to a 149-90 record in regular season play, and his 149 wins are the 10th most regular season wins by a head coach in NFL history.

His career winning percentage of 61.9% ranks 18th all-time.

Cowher is one of only 23 coaches in NFL history to lead teams to more than one Super Bowl. In 1996, Cowher, at the age of 38, became the youngest coach to lead their team to a Super Bowl. The Steelers lost to the Cowboys 27-17 in Super Bowl XXX. Ten years later, Cowher once again made it to the Super Bowl, and this time he walked away with the Lombardi trophy. The Steelers defeated the Seahawks 21-10 in Super Bowl XL. The fact that the Steelers were the #6 seed makes Cowher’s Super Bowl victory that much more impressive. Only two #6 seeds in this history of the NFL have gone on to win the Super Bowl.

In 15 seasons as the head coach of the Steelers, Cowher led them to 8 divisional titles (1 of only 6 coaches to claim 7+ divisional titles) and 10 playoff appearances.

Conclusion

This marks the 5th time that Cowher has been nominated, but he has yet to be a semi-finalist. Cowher’s detractor’s point to his 2-4 record in the AFC Championship game, and point to what could have been. I understand that, but he is one of only 23 coaches in NFL history to win 2 Conference Championships. I expect Mike Shanahan and Tom Coughlin to make it in before Cowher. They both have have more career wins, and won 2 Super Bowls (Coughlin won’t be eligible until 2020). I could also see Mike Holmgren going in before Cowher. He also won one Super bowl, but went to 3, and has more career wins. It’s worth noting that Cowher’s career winning percentage is better than all three of the above mentioned coaches. It might not be this year, but I believe Cowher deserves to be in the Hall of Fame one day.

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Phoenix Suns Trade TJ Warren to the Indiana Pacers

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Former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren was traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Indiana Pacers prior to last nights NBA Draft.

Rumors were swirling that the Suns could be moving Warren to clear cap space, and the Mavericks, Magic, Spurs, Pacers, and Pistons all reached out.

Warren still has 3-years and $35 million left on his current contract. The Suns inked a 4-year extension worth $50 million in 2017.

Here’s the remainder of the contract the Pacers are inheriting.

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Last year was Warren’s 5th year in the league, and he averaged 18.0 points per game (2nd best), and a career best 42.8% from three-point land.

The Pacers are getting a deal.

Warren will have the privilege of being coached by former NC State Guard Nate McMillan.

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Philip Rivers Tied for 2nd Best Odds to Win 2019 NFL MVP

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Football season is creeping up on us, and Vegas is itching for people to chuck money their way. According to some very early betting lines, NC State legend, Los Angeles Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers is tied for the 2nd best odds to win the 2019 NFL MVP Award.

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At the age of 36, Rivers’ QB Rating of 105.5, 32 touchdowns, and 68.5% completion percentage, were all tied for the 2nd best marks of his 15 year career.

Last year Rivers ranked 8th in Completion Percentage (68.3%), 8th in passing yards (4,308), 6th in passing touchdowns (32), and 5th in QB Rating (105.5).

Rivers led the Chargers to a 12-4 record last year.

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TJ Warren, Terry Henderson & Malik Abu Invade Local Summer League

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The Ultimate Basketball Association, a local Pro-Am League, is currently in session, and 3 former NC State players have come back to the Triangle to show out.

TJ Warren is on a team with Terry Henderson, and in the video below, the two of them face off against Malik Abu’s squad.

Compliments to the Hoop State Network for the video released Monday.

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Will Wilson Signs Contract with Los Angeles Angels

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Former NC State Shortstop Will Wilson has officially signed his contract with the Los Angeles Angels after being taken 15th overall in the 2019 MLB Draft.

The shortstop from North Carolina State will receive an under-slot bonus of $3.4 million, said a club official who was not authorized to publicly comment. The value of the 15th pick with which the Angels chose Wilson was $3,885,800.

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Wilson became the first player in NC State history to earn ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors this year, and also has picked up All-American honors.

It was fitting that Wilson was in attendance at the Angels game tonight, making an appearance on the big screen.

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