Kay Cowher lost her battle against skin cancer at the age of 54. Â Her death has affected the Pittsburgh Steelers to the core, as she is the wife of their former coach, Bill. Â The former NFL coach indicated that his wife was his “backbone” and is devastated by the loss. Bill Cowher is now a CBS analyst.
Kaye has a twin sister named Faye, and the two played basketball in college at North Carolina State. Â Both went into the Woman’s Basketball League – the WBL – playing for New York and New Jersey. Â The late sister was one of the league’s most notable players.
Both met while attending NCSU, and Bill proposed in 1981. Â He resigned from his post as coach of the Steelers in 2007 when they moved back to North Carolina, as he wished to watch his daughters play basketball.
Kay Cowher will be sadly missed by not only her family and friends, but also the sports community. Â She was a strong athlete, a mother, and a wife to an NFL coach.