Tragedy struck the Pittsburgh Steelers family on Saturday.
Tunch Ilkin, a longtime Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman and broadcaster, has passed away at the age of 63. The former Pro Bowl lineman died following a battle with ALS.
The former Indiana State player is a franchise legend in Pittsburgh. He played for the Steelers from 1980-92 and made two Pro Bowl teams. Ilkin was later named to the Steelers all-time team. He went on to pursue a career in broadcasting.
The Steelers released a statement on his passing on Saturday.
‘The world is a lesser place today.’
We mourn the loss of former Steelers player and broadcaster, Tunch Ilkin.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 4, 2021
“We are heartbroken by the passing of Tunch Ilkin,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “He was a man of faith who dedicated his entire life to being a devout Christian and family man.
“His passion for the game of football was evident in his everyday life. As a player, he fought his way through tough times of being cut and injured but continued to make an impact as a leader of our offensive line and made two Pro Bowls.
“After his playing career, Tunch continued to make an impact in our community in so many ways. His efforts and dedication to the Light of Life was unparalleled, and his desire to always help others made everyone appreciate him.”
Our thoughts are with the Ilkin family and friends right now. May he rest in peace.