Tunch Ilkin Speaker Profile
Turkish Sports Broadcaster
Tunch Ilkin Biography
Tunch Ilkin was born September 23, 1957 in Istanbul, Turkeyand is a Turkish sports broadcaster and a former American football player. Hecurrently serves as a television and radio analyst for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Ilkin's parents Mehmet and Ayten Ilkin emigrated tothe United States when he was two years old and settled in the Chicago area. Heattended Highland Park High School in Highland Park, Illinois where he won AllConference and All County honors as a football player. In 1975, he was grantedan athletic scholarship to Indiana State University. He was chosen by theSteelers in the sixth round of the 1980 NFL Draft.
He played offensive tackle for the Steelers from 1980 to1992, earning two Pro Bowl appearance honors (1988 and 1989). He played for theGreen Bay Packers in 1993 before retiring from football. He served asVice-President of the NFL Player's Association from 1989 to 1994.
After retiring from football, Ilkin began appearing as acommentator and sports reporter on sports broadcasts in the Pittsburgh market.His popular segment, titled Lunch with Tunch, featured interviews with Steelerplayers and coaches.
In 1998, he joined the official Steelers broadcasting teamof Myron Cope and Bill Hillgrove as an analyst. After Cope's retirementfollowing the 2004 season, the team decided not to replace Cope and Ilkin tookon the color-commentary duties once carried by Cope. He worked alongsidesideline reporter and former team mate Craig Wolfley, who like Ilkin joined theSteelers via the 1980 draft. Ilkin and Wolfley hosted a morning radio showcalled In The Locker Room with Tunch and Wolf on WBGG (AM). The show was cancelledin the summer of 2006.
Ilkin works as an analyst on the Pittsburgh affiliate of FoxSports Net and has written articles for NFLHS.com, a website for football fans.He is the Senior Vice President of the Athletic Training Network, a companythat provides athletic training and program material to coaches and players.
Tunch Ilkin was married to wife Sharon with three children:Tanner, Natalie, and Clay. The Ilkins still reside in Upper St. Clair. OnFebruary 6, 2012, Sharon Ilkin died after a lengthy battle with cancer. Aconvert from Islam to Christianity, Tunch Ilkin is the Director Of Men'sMinistries for South Hills Bible Chapel.
In 2007, Tunch became a Limited Partner and Spokesperson forLIFExpo, a Health, Sports and Fitness expo started in Pittsburgh by ManagingPartners: Ed Foutz, Tim Gerwing, Michael M. Kadrie and Rob Young.
In August 2008, Mr. Ilkin began working with riverset creditunion of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The credit union is a not-for-profitfinancial cooperative, and Mr. Ilkin helps endorse the credit union throughvarious media channels.
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