Steelers national lost one of its most enduring figures 13 years ago on Feb. 27, 2008, when legendary team broadcaster and Pittsburgh-area journalist Myron Cope died at the age of 79.
Born Myron Sidney Kopelman, the Taylor Allderdice and Pitt graduate was a sportswriter with the Erie Daily Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sports Illustrated and Saturday Evening Post before taking to broadcasting.
Cope started as the Steelers’ radio color analyst in 1970, and over his 35-year career with the team, Cope became a huge fan favorite with his comedic personality, colorful catchphrases, nasal voice and Pittsburgh accent. Cope’s most enduring contribution to Steelers fandom came in 1975, when he invented the Terrible Towel, the proceeds from which he later donated to the Allegheny Valley School for children with intellectual and physical disabilities in Coraopolis.
After his retirement, Cope was given the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the first team color analyst to have that honor bestowed upon him. Cope was also the first pro football broadcaster to be elected to the Radio Hall of Fame.
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