Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tunch Ilkin

Sent: 4/27/11
Received: 5/13/11
Time: 16 Days
Address: Home
Item Sent: 1989 Score, 1990 Pro Set, 1990 Score, 1991 Pro Set
Item Received: 1989 Score, 1990 Pro Set, 1990 Score, 1991 Pro Set.  All signed in black Sharpie.

Tunch Ilkin played between the Steelers' dynasty years of the '70s and the resurgent Cowher era of the '90s. Though he is often nationally overlooked when discussing the all-time great Steelers, he remains beloved in the Steel City.  But he was as good an offensive tackle to ever wear black and gold.  He didn't have great backs to block for and his quarterbacks (the likes of Bubby Brister, Todd Blackledge, and Mark Malone) never put up eye-catching numbers, but he was as solid and tough as any lineman in the league.  He made multiple Pro Bowls, served as the Vice President of the NFLPA, and is now the Steelers' radio analyst.

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