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1970-2004 Broadcaster, Pittsburgh Steelers
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Hall of Honor 2022

The majority of the individuals who have been enshrined in the Steelers Hall of Honor will forever be remembered for their plays on the field or coaching prowess.

But for Myron Cope, he will be remembered for something else.

His voice.

Oh, and also a little something called the Terrible Towel.

Cope became a household name when he was hired as the radio color commentator for Steelers games in 1970, and oh was he colorful. He brought a unique approach to the booth up until his final season in 2004, an approach that endeared him to listeners and made him a Pittsburgh legend.

Cope, who passed away in 2008 at age 79, was the first pro football broadcaster to be elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2005 and was presented the Pete Rozelle Radio and Television Award at the 2005 Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies in Canton, Ohio. In 1983 he became the first member of the broadcast media to be appointed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame to its Board of Selectors.

He also was the creator of the famous Terrible Towel, something that has stood the test of time with Steelers Nation and can be seen in stadiums near and far every time the black and gold take the field. It all began in 1975 when Cope encouraged Steelers fans to bring a yellow dish towel to the team's playoff game against the Baltimore Colts and wave them to help rally the team. The fans responded, the Steelers won, and the legend of the Terrible Towel began.

In true Cope fashion, though, he made sure the Terrible Towel wasn't just something to be waved at games, but also something to help the community. He had the Terrible Towel trademarked, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the towel have been donated to the Merakey Allegheny Valley School, a private non-profit organization supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Pennsylvania.

Cope's professional career went well beyond the Steelers broadcast booth. He was a writer, something he took great pride in, and wrote for Sports Illustrated as well as numerous other publications. Cope hosted a nightly talk show on WTAE-AM, as well as serving as a sports reporter for WTAE-TV.

Cope was a voice Pittsburgh could trust, someone who wasn't trying to make headlines, just trying to bring you the facts.

"You have to keep perspective," said Cope the day he retired. "To me, I'm most proud of my credibility. I have always guarded it. I want people to believe that if I say something, I know what I'm talking about, at least partially, and that is what I believe. I never played devil's advocate on my talk show in the almost 22 years that I had it. I never did because I didn't want to say something and not believe it, so I think people bought me…I was on the alert all the time…are you being credible, Cope?"