I live in Pittsburgh. And like all Pittsburghers, I hate television football announcers. Actually, I disliked them before I even moved here. But once I moved here, and found that its standard fare for Pittsburghers to turn down the TV volume and watch the game with the radio on, well… somehow it just felt like home.
For 25 years, Myron Cope was the raspy, squeaky voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers. As much a part of the game as anyone who ever took the field. He retired from the booth in 2005, but even still his occasional appearances on the broadcast or perhaps the television news were something to look forward to.
He died today at the age of 79.
Football will never be the same.