The Pittsburgh Steelers are mourning the loss of a legend on Saturday. Former offensive lineman and long-time announcer Tunch Ilkin has passed away at 63-years-old.

The former Steelers standout had announced 11 months ago that he was battling ALS and unfortunately, it’s taken his life far too soon. Ilkin began his NFL career in 1980 and went on to play 13 years in the league, spending the final season of his tenure with the Green Bay Packers.

With the Steelers, Ilkin made two Pro-Bowls after getting nabbed in the sixth round by the team in the 1980 Draft out of Indiana State. He also became the first player of Turkish descent to play in the NFL.

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Following his playing career, Ilkin took his talents to the booth. He first worked with NBC as an analyst before becoming the radio voice for the Steelers. Ilkin spent 23 years as an announcer and ultimately had to step down in June because of his battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

He was absolutely loved by the Pittsburgh faithful and was even inducted into the Steelers Hall of Fame in 2021. That just goes to show how special he was to this organization. Prayers to Tunch Ilkin’s family as they mourn the loss.

Rest in peace.