Saturday, March 01, 2008

Cope-ing with a loss...


On Wednesday, February 27, 2008, the city of Pittsburgh, the sports world in general, and most of all, the Steeler Nation, lost one of its icons. Myron Cope passed away after a battle with pneumonia. Cope had a voice that was exclusively and individually his. Anyone that heard his voice would instantly know the speaker. For those who did know of Mr. Cope, he was the man who invented the "Terrible Towel" and gave the Steelers defense the "Steel Curtain" nickname, and served as the voice of the Steelers for more than 30 years.

As written by the AP, "Cope's tenure from 1970-2004 as the color analyst on the Steelers' radio network is the longest in NFL history for a broadcaster with a single team and led to his induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2005."

Myron Cope had many friends, and probably just as many enemies. People generally either loved him or hated him. He held back nothing when he spoke of the Steelers - good or bad. But, he was the ultimate Steeler fan and champion. He will be deeply missed.

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