Top 10 Football Voices: Renaissance Man

Behind the Scenes, Pittsburgh Steelers, Sneak Peek, TCIPF Staff, Top 10

No list of Football Voices could be complete without Myron Cope. Who doesn’t miss the longtime announcer for the Pittsburgh Steelers? He was football’s last Renaissance Man. As a journalist, he worked for Sports Illustrated and the Saturday Evening Post. As a historian, he documented the early days of professional football in The Game that Was. He was a talk radio pioneer in Pittsburgh and a one-man Menlo Park. His most famous invention: the Steel City’s greatest symbol – “The Terrible Towel”.

Most importantly, Cope was the voice of the Steelers for three and a half decades. It was Cope who made Jerome Bettis “The Bus”, christened Kordell Stewart “Slash” and, in the 1990’s, dubbed the perennially woeful Cincinnati Bengals, “The Bungles”. And he did it all with a voice that had to be heard to be believed. Here’s a Triple Yoi to the first announcer inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Where does Cope rank on our list? Find out when we unveil our list of the Top 10 Football Voices of All-Time, tonight at 10 p.m. eastern, 11 p.m. pacific.

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