Bill Cowher, the legendary head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers to be inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame this year, said Wednesday that he and his wife had tested positive for anti-coronavirus antibodies in April.
Cowher told Athletic that he and his wife, Veronica Stigeler, had symptoms in March and had not been tested for the virus at that time. But both tested positive for antibodies a month later.
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Cowher, 63, said he and his wife lost their sense of smell when they returned from a trip to Honolulu. The two flew back to Newark International Airport and had dinner in New York before things started to stop in early March.
Shortly after, Cowher stated that they began to experience loss of smell and taste and trembling joints. Cowher said he had a slight fever.
“I think I got it in New York and all the travelers, the people arriving at Newark Airport at the same time,” he told The Athletic. “It was then that the virus came from Europe and there was no stop. We were in New York this weekend also in some restaurants. Who knows? There were people in Honolulu who came from China and in Newark they came from Europe. ”
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The two have since recovered.
Cowher was inducted into the 2020 Professional Football Hall of Fame, but the ceremony was postponed by a year due to the pandemic.
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“I am really relieved,” he said. “As much as you want to think and talk about the people who have played such an important role in your life, this is not the time, not just with COVID but with social justice issues. These are very transparent times, and it’s so fluid. The Hall of Fame must be reflected. I’m glad Dallas and Pittsburgh are still playing [next year], which is great. I think right now it’s hard to really think of something festive when the country is in the state it is in. “