What people are saying about Cope

Former Pittsburgh Steelers broadcaster Myron Cope died Wednesday. Here's what is being said about his passing:

Former Steelers offensive lineman Gerry "Moon" Mullins:

Myron was a real gem. It was a shocker to see a guy like that calling games.

He was one of the few journalists you could talk to and know that what you told him wasn't going to come back on you. If he talked about something you told him, the little birdie would be the culprit. All the players respected him for that.

Myron enjoyed the sauce, as did Bob Prince. And the thing that always amazed me was how they could do a complete 180 as soon as they went on the air. They were true professionals.

Myron was as big a part of the city as the team. His legacy will live on. We was so unique. He'll be a part of Steelers' folklore for eternity. He was an integral part of the success we had in the '70s. I'd like to think we'll never forget that voice crackling over the airwaves.

Former Steelers offensive lineman and current member of the broadcast team Craig Wolfley:

This is the closing of a well-written book.

He was a groundbreaker. I compare him to Howard Cosell. The greatest thing about Myron was that he expressed himself so much on the airwaves. You got everything. He was so gregarious. To see as wild and wooly as he was on the air, it always amazed me to see how meticulously he prepared before games. It was almost professorial-like. And once he got on the air, it just flowed.

As somebody who was coming from upstate New York and then Syracuse, the first time I heard him, my first thought was, 'Gadzooks, what is that? Not who, what.' He's barking, he's howling. He spoke with so much Pittsburghese. Pittsburghese was unlike anything I had ever heard. Then I met him and I couldn't believe all that bombacity could come from that little person. But he was one of a kind. Think about all the millions he turned aside from the Terrible Towel. It's astounding. But that was Myron.

Former Steelers defensive lineman John Banaszak:

There are a lot of things that ran through my mind when I heard about his death. Obviously, it's a very sad day for the city, his family and his friends. And I consider myself a friend.

He was somebody you could trust. When you talked to him, he wasn't looking for something controversial. Off the record was off the record. You'd listen on the radio and it would be the little birdy telling something. You could trust Myron. He was just a good guy and a friend of the players who was involved with them in so many ways. A lot of times, you have a guarded relationship with reporters. But with Myron, it was an open relationship.

Unique would be a good word for Myron. What I loved was out of towners reactions to him when they heard him for the first time. They just couldn't believe that voice was on the radio. It was pretty stunning. You said, 'Wow.' This squeaky voice.' And then you'd relate it to that little squeaky guy and it fit.

I remember my rookie year, as I got closer to making the team, Myron started to take more of an interest in me. The first time I got a good deal of playing time came in a game against Houston. It was around the anniversary of the Marines. I went out and had a good game and got a game ball. Myron went on his TV show and said the Marines had landed, me being a former Marine. I remember thinking that I had made it because Myron on his commentary had talked about me. And that's the way it was. It was like Howard Cosell having your highlights on Monday night football. When he talked about you on his commentary, you had to have done something special. Remember, he was the only talk show in town.

Former Steelers linebacker Andy Russell

It is a very sad day, but Myron lived every day to make people happy, to use his great sense of humor to dissect the various issues of the sporting world. "

I could remember driving to work listening to him and almost driving off the road (when) he'd make some outrageous comment. But, you know, he had a great sense of humor, he was able to analyze sports in a very interesting way, a unique way I think, absolutely unique to himself. He's a legend. The guy was just wonderful.

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