Myron Cope: A Pittsburgh Original

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By now, most of Steeler nation is aware of the passing of Myron Cope. Cope, for those outside the Pittsburgh area, was the color analyst on the Steelers’ radio network from 1970 until 2004, the longest amount of time any individual has announced the same team in NFL history.

He was an unabashed fan of the team he covered, not even attempting to contain his enthusiasm during games. I think that was one of the traits that endeared him to Pittsburghers the most. He wasn’t slick, and he wasn’t smooth. You could feel like that’s what you’d do if you were in the broadcast booth. New York or Dallas would never have an announcer like Myron Cope, because Myron Cope was from Pittsburgh, and he was one of us. He was a strange man with an annoying voice, a corny sense of humor, and singing ability that rivaled William Shatner. And perhaps his greatest strength was his courage to be himself, and not try to change his rough edges to make himself more palatable. He wasn’t immediately accepted in the very early days, and it must have been tempting to try to change himself to be accepted. Thankfully, he never did, and he probably wouldn’t have been able to anyway. And Pittsburgh loved him for him.

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