Tunch Ilkin On His New Book 'Inside The Locker Room'

Ilkin has been associated with the Steelers for over 38 years

Larry Richert, Tunch Ilkin, John Shumway

Rob Graner

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Former Steelers Offensive Tackle and current broadcaster, Tunch Ilkin, joined KDKA Radio on Thursday to promote his new book titled, “In the Locker Room: Tales of the Pittsburgh Steelers from the Playing Field to the Broadcast Booth.”

Born in Turkey, Ilkin immigrated to the United States when he was two and a half years old.

He became a member of the Steelers in 1980 after they won their fourth Super Bowl.

Years after retirement, Triumph Publishing was urging him to write a book.

“They had been after me for a couple years and I kept saying no. Then they said they found a co-writer, Scott Brown,” Ilkin said.

He already knew Brown and thought they could work well together.

“Scott’s a buddy, he worked with the Tribune Review for all those years and we developed a friendship. When they said Scott would co-write it, that’s when I said, okay,” Ilkin added.

The book talks about some of the people who had an effect on his life.

“It’s about my relationship with everyone from Coach Noll, to the chief, to the ambassador and Myron,” Ilkin tells KDKA Radio.

It also includes stories about some of his most memorable experiences, like his first time working with Myron Cope in the broadcasting booth.

“Bill will talk, and I will give my opinion of what happened. Then if I want you to speak, I will ask your opinion,” Cope told Ilkin.

Tunch did not think he was going to get a word in that day.

After playing over 10 years with the Steelers, he joined the Green Bay Packers for a year, retired.

He then decided to come back to Pittsburgh. He still resides here today.

“It is a blessing to be in this city. I am the fortunate one, I am the blessed one. I get to live in a community where people really care about one another and love each other,” Ilkin explains.

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