The Norman Transcript

December 10, 2013

Coach's visit, video inspire Moore team

Bill Cowher helped coach Moore Pirates team

By Michael Kinney and Andy Rieger
The Norman Transcript


Former coach’s visit, video inspires Moore team



By Michael Kinney

Transcript Sports Writer

MOORE — Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher paid a special visit to Moore in November. Despite currently being a NFL studio analyst for CBS, he is still a coach at heart.

After seeing the destruction the May 20 tornado, Cowher wanted to help in someway. The best way he could think was to coach a little football.

So on Nov. 20, Cowher met up with the Moore Pirates, a youth league football team. The event was part of a five-minute segment shown "The NFL Today" this past Sunday on CBS. 

"When something like that happens, you are in a rush to get back to normalcy," Pirates coach Todd Noel said. "And the most normal thing for a lot of us parents and kids who play sports year around is to get back to playing sports."

The video showed Cowher taking touring areas devastated by the F5 tornado, such as Briarwood Elementary and Plaza Towers. 

"I have spent the day in Moore, Ok. and I could not be more impressed," Cowher told a group of parents in the segment.

Cowher met with the Pirates at Southmoore High and went through drills and practice with sixth-graders. 

"To have coach Cowher, it just kind of caps off a great run and gives them something to remember for a long time," Noel said. 

Cowher, who is known around the NFL for his motivational speeches, gave the Pirates one before he left. 

"You stay bonded," Cowher told the kids. "You stay strong. You are truly an inspiration to this whole community."


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