PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin took the opportunity at the start of his post-practice press conference after Tuesday’s first day of minicamp to honor late Steelers radio host Stan Savran, who died at the age of 76 on Monday.
Tomlin took the time to honor the radio and television broadcasting legend, who he said helped welcome him to Pittsburgh when he first became the Steelers head coach in 2007.
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“On behalf of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization, I’d like to send our condolences to the family of the late, great Stan Savran,” Tomlin said. “You guys know we had a long a prosperous professional relationship with him. He was the absolute best.
“But beyond that, on a personal note, I just really enjoyed that gentleman. The spirit, the energy, the awesome stories of Pittsburgh legend. I just really appreciated that as a guy that one time was new to the city. I always his perspective on my circumstance, being able to share stories from the past and being able to educated me a little bit. I just really appreciated it.”
A Cleveland native, Savran was also once a Pittsburgh newcomer, starting at WTAE-TV in 1976. He quickly became a treasured presence and beloved for his knowledge of the teams he covered and personable demeanor that endeared him to one and all.
Savran had been battling lung cancer and complications from diabetes over the last year, but continued to be a consistent presence in the Steelers facility, something that Tomlin credited to his toughness and perseverance.