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Longtime Steelers broadcaster Ilkin retiring to fight ALS

Ilkin played 14 years on the offensive line for the Steelers from 1980 to 1993. He is 63 years old and spent the last 23 as a broadcaster for the team.
Credit: AP
FILE - Injured Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, left, and former Steelers lineman and current broadcaster, Tunch Ilkin, embrace at an NFL football practice in Pittsburgh, in this May 31, 2018, file photo. Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers radio analyst Tunch Ilkin is retiring to focus on his fight against ALS. Ilkin, who played 14 years on the offensive line for the Steelers from 1980-1993 and spent the last 23 as a broadcaster for the team, announced his decision Thursday, June 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

PITTSBURGH — Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers radio analyst Tunch Ilkin is retiring to focus on his fight against ALS. 

Ilkin played 14 years on the offensive line for the Steelers from 1980 to 1993. 

He is 63 years old and spent the last 23 as a broadcaster for the team. He announced his diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease last fall.

Last month, a majority of the Steelers roster showed up for offseason minicamp.

The players hinted in April they may skip the voluntary OTAs due to concerns over health protocols and protections. 

Defensive end Cam Heyward said the team worked with the players to resolve any issues so the players would be at ease. 

Heyward added he expects 100% participation during the club's mandatory minicamp in June.

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