In 2007 after 15 seasons as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers Bill Cowher resigned. Cowher is currently a studio analyst for The NFL Today.

The former head coach joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich to discuss player safety in the NFL, Dan Marino and the Steelers organization.

Former quarterback Dan Marino is also a studio analyst for The NFL Today along with Cowher. Over a 17-season career Marino led the Dolphins to the playoffs ten times, but despite never winning a Super Bowl he is recognized as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.

Throughout his career Marino held almost every major NFL passing record and many still stand today. Does get legitimately angry when other players break his records?

“No he doesn’t get mad, he just goes through a period of disappointment, but he does not get mad. Even though as they lead up to it he is in there putting the hex on whoever gets close, but it didn’t work this past year.”

The guys moved on to discuss head injuries and player safety in the NFL. Would Cowher have concerns if he had a young child playing football now knowing what we know about head injuries?

“No not at all and I’ve been asked this question the last two day and I will say this again, I am so glad the NFL has taken the measures that it has. They are looking into ways to try and make the game safer, obviously we have to look at the long term affects and we are going to do whatever we can to make sure we minimize that in the future.”

Would taking the face mask off helmets deter players from targeting other players’ heads or should the amount of padding be decreased in some way?

They also went on to discuss Cowher’s “Melanoma Exposed” campaign to encourage more people to get screened for melanoma. The former head coach Cowher lost his wife to the form of skin cancer in 2010.

Details about the free screenings, as well as about how to conduct a self-examination and how to find a dermatologist, are available at


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