Lizabeth Gray and Jim Mendenhall
The search for the "One for the thumb" continues. But now there would be a new sheriff in town.
"It's much easier coming in than going out," Mr. Noll said at a farewell news conference in which he thanked the players, the organization and the city for a generation of memories. "The emotions that build up and the attachments that build up over 23 years are tough to, I guess, sever....Thirty-nine years in professional football is a goodly time."
The new coach was one of the city's own. William Laird Cowher was introduced within a month of the job opening up. At 34, the Crafton native was younger than his predecessor was when he got the job.
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