Tag:Bill Cowher
Posted on: July 24, 2010 1:55 pm

Cowher releases statement

Bill Cowher’s statement on the death of his wife , Kaye:

"Kaye was such a loving and compassionate person and she was the foundation of our family. Kaye was always at my side throughout my career as a player, coach, NFL analyst and, most importantly, as a parent to our three daughters Meagan, Lauren and Lindsay. They will miss their mother dearly.

"Kaye was the rock that we could all lean on in the tough times. She was looked up to by so many people and I cannot say enough about what Kaye meant to our family. Her memory will never be forgotten. We would like to thank everyone who has kept our family in their thoughts and prayers and for those who have reached out to express their condolences. It is clear that Kaye touched a lot of lives."

--Josh Katzowitz

<i>For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow <b><a href="http://twitter.com/CBSSportsNF
L">@cbssportsnfl</a> on Twitter</b> and subscribe to our <a href="http://nfl-facts-and-rumors.bl
te/rss/22475988?tag=mccBlogView;comBlogIntro">RSS Feed</a>.</i>

Category: NFL
Tags: Bill Cowher
Posted on: July 24, 2010 9:12 am
Edited on: July 24, 2010 9:19 am

Kaye Cowher dies

Some sad news to report out of North Carolina. Kaye Cowher, the wife of former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, died Friday at the age of 54 after succumbing to skin cancer.

Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette obituary at this link .

The two met at North Carolina State where Kay and her twin sister Fay – who later appeared together in a Wrigley Doublemint gum commercial – were basketball players. And apparently, pretty good ones. From the story:

Tall at 5-foot-11, Mrs. Cowher displayed an inside power game that made her one of the first young women in her home state to receive a college athletic scholarship.

Her teams at North Carolina State went 21-3 and 29-5, respectively, winning the inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball title in 1978 with a 9-0 record and ranking No. 3 nationally.

Faye and Kaye later played for the Women's Professional Basketball League, where Mrs. Cowher was among the pioneers in the early days of Title IX. They played one season with the New York Stars and two with the New Jersey Gems, competing against notable stars Carol Blazejowski and Nancy Lieberman.

--Josh Katzowitz

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com