Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelersin the 6th round at the 165th pick in the 1980 NFL Draft, the 6’3″..263 lb. offensive tackle Tunch Ilkin would still be a perfect fit today. But after being diagnosed with ALS last year, the player/broadcaster has decided to call it quits.
Missed? Of course, because Ilkin brought knowledge, fight and class to the field as well as the broadcast both and/or sidelines. Those who are too young to know about Tunch, google him up. Because I was raised to know my Steelers history.
“I have had 37 years in the NFL, with 14 as a player and the last 23 in broadcasting as the color analyst on the Pittsburgh Steelers Radio Network, and I’ve decided to retire."
Tunch Ilkin has announced his retirement from broadcasting to focus on his treatment for ALS.
12+1(I put 12+1 because the total is a bad number) years with the Pittsburgh, 176 games, starting 143 of those game is absolutely nothing to sneeze at. Especially when you think of the era that Ilkin used to play in.
This meaning the (minus Goodell/Brady age) when men were men. Not quarterback pansies and commissioners trying to defile the game with scandals.
Thoughts and prayers going out to Tunch Ilkin and his family. Hope to see you healthy and back on SNR someday soon. #HereWeGo
I have already stated since before the 2020 NFL season came to an end, that Alabama running back, Najee Harris should be the Pittsburgh Steelers first round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. And although a plethora of analysts believe it will never happen, two members of the Triple Take Team on the Steelers Radio Network have my back.
Please keep in mind that the opinions of these Steelers Radio Network Personalities do not reflect the views of the Steelers organization, nor Steelers World 1.
MATT WILLIAMSON’S PICK: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Analysis: “The Steelers couldn’t count on their running game last year. Why not add the best back in the draft, and a guy that fits Pittsburgh extremely well?”
Harris definitely would fit the Steelers scheme of things, a running back with the speed of Willie Parker and the IQ of a Jerome Bettis. Let alone the vision of one former Steelers RB I dare not mention.
DALE LOLLEY’S PICK: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Analysis: “The best running back in the draft. The early run on offensive tackles, takes that position off the board.”
Lolley’s point is, there are a ton of offensive lineman entering in this year’s draft. A ton of talented linemen with plenty of room to nurture and grow. Running backs come out of college with that killer instinct you don’t find in many. So why let a gem pass you by when the opportunity is there?
MIKE PRISUTA’S PICK: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
Analysis: “He’s a man, 6-foot-6, 320 pounds.”
Really Mike? Is that your argument? That he is 6-foot-6 and 320? Do you know how many offensive lineman coming out of the college ranks are 6-foot-6, 320 pounds? Basically all of them! (By the way, Teven Jenkins is no relationship to me).
STEELERS WORLD 1’S PICK: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Analysis: “Seriously, what could be better for the Steelers to draft Harris, then pick up Adrian Peterson at the veteran minimum? You always need a mentor in all positions on the field. Something Pittsburgh was without in the backfield last season.”
Am I wrong? From Jerome Bettis to Willie Parker. Hines Ward to Antonio Brown. Tommy Maddox to Ben Roethlisberger. There has always been a veteran to show the the youngsters the ropes. So look for A.P. mentoring Harris this season for the Steelers. Mark my words. #HereWeGo