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The entire Steelers organization is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Myron Cope. Myron touched millions of people throughout his life, first as a tremendous sportswriter and then as a Hall of Fame broadcaster.
Myron was also a very close friend. His contributions and dedication to Steelers football were incredible. His creation of The Terrible Towel(TM) has developed into a worldwide symbol that is synonymous with Steelers football. He also helped immortalize the most famous play in NFL history when he popularized the term "Immaculate Reception".
Myron was a very passionate person who truly cared about others and dedicated much of his personal time to help numerous charities. Our prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the entire Cope family. Myron will remain in our thoughts and will forever be a member of the Steelers family.
-- Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney
The passing of Myron Cope is a tremendous loss for the entire Steelers organization and for Steelers fans around the world. Whether it was his work as a broadcaster or his creation of The Terrible Towel, Myron played an important part in the Steelers game day experience.
Myron touched the hearts of Steelers fans for 35 years and became one of the true legends in broadcasting history. His memorable voice and unique broadcasting style became synonymous with Steelers football. They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery and no Pittsburgh broadcaster was impersonated more than Myron.
We have lost a great friend in Myron Cope, but history will remember him as one of the great sportscasters of any era. Our prayers go out to the entire Cope family. Though he can never be replaced, his impact will continue to live strong at every Steelers game.
-- Steelers President Art Rooney II
"Certainly, it's sad day in Pittsburgh. Myron Cope is a Pittsburgh legend, an icon, in so many ways, both obviously in his role with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but then also in what he did for the rest of the community in terms of giving things back. I had the opportunity to have him in here when I was on council a few years ago and gave him the key to the city when he retired once and for all. It was pretty obviously a great experience for me.
And as a big football city, we all grew up watching the Steelers, and Myron Cope is really the heartbeat of the Pittsburgh Steelers in many ways. With the creation of the Terrible Towel, which will live on forever, and that's probably the greatest tribute to him and all that he's given. So he'll be missed, and I know there's already a variety of things being done in his honor. We're considering some as well, to make sure that we pay tribute to somebody who has given so much to this great city."
-- Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
Myron Cope embodied the spirit of our city and team, and he'll never be forgotten. We'll think of him whenever his Terrible Towel is waved, and we'll miss his unmistakable, joyful voice whenever the Steelers score. He was a true original.
-- CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden, a Pittsburgh native and Steelers fan whose grade school football coach was Dan Rooney
Like so many Steeler fans, I grew up listening to Myron Cope and his unforgettable voice and style. Myron symbolizes everything that is great about Southwestern Pennsylvania, and my thoughts and prayers go out his to family. Today, the entire Steeler Nation mourns the loss of great man and a great Pittsburgher."
-- Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato
First Published February 28, 2008 12:19 am