What other man could become what Myron Cope has become in this day and age without playing a single down of football?
The short answer is very few.
The ones who are an answer to that question, I will never know. They are simply out of my lifetime.
I've grown up listening to two people, ones I've grown to love as more than some voice on the radio, but as friends.
I don't know either personally, never met them, and one I never will.
They are Tom Hamilton, the voice of the Indians and Myron, former pioneer of Pittsburgh radio.
Voice of the Steelers doesn't do it justice; he did a lot more than lend his voice- a very recognizable one at that, to Steeler radio broadcasts.
As a college student aspiring to be in the profession, these two men have put themselves in, I look up to them in every way. They hold a different spot in my heart, one that always will be there no matter where I go.
Many Steeler fans can say they grew up listening to Myron. Decades and decades of people, and how could they not? This is a man who made his Steeler debut the same day Terry Bradshaw did.
It's pretty rare you can say generations of Steeler fans can share something as special as the legacy of Myron.
The ones to come after us will never know what it's like to listen to him, but as long as things like the Terrible Towel live on, his memory will be carried long into history.
Myron gave us the Towel, and lingo such as: "Yoi and Double Yoi," "Cleve Brownies," "Wash Redfaces," "Okel Dokel," "Hmmmmhah!," "Emporer Chaz" (Chuck Noll’s nickname), and my favorite, the "Cincy Bungles."
He also coined "The Immaculate Reception," a play that will live on for not only Steeler fans, but all football fans as one of the most unforgettable plays in history.
He did so many great things for people. He did so many things to entertain them, as well.
Too many to even begin listing them off, that’s how big of a person he is.
My fondest memory of him is, after games listening to “Cope’s Cabana," where he interviewed players and coaches from the locker room. His interaction with the stars we look up to. To me, that is the dream that I strive for, and I look up at. He connected us to them, and that is just one of the many things he did.
Myron is the first legend I have lost. People have come and gone, and while it's sad, this is the first time I have been legitimately sad. A piece of me is gone; a part of my history has passed.
Luckily though, that crazy voice that is so unforgettable, it will ring in my ears forever. His "Copeisms" will always be there, and the one true iconic thing in football, the Terrible Towel, will always be waving.
Myron was an extraordinary human being. He possessed so many qualities that make someone good, and he was as close to flawless as you could get. Everyone loves him, everyone enjoys his presence and everyone can say, “Yeah, what Myron Cope just did… That was the right thing to do.”
So today, as ESPN discusses Roger Clemens and all the other nonsense that they have been for the past few months, keep the legend that is Myron in the back of your mind. His life won't get the airtime, but as long as he gets your time, that's all that matters.
A man that created a large part of Steeler history with his joy, kindness, creativity, and fun-loving attitude will live with us forever. A Double Yoi to one of my idols, wherever you are.
And for one last time, Bye-Now!
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