ISU Legend Tunch Ilkin dies at 63


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Indiana State Hall of Famer Tunch Ilkin died on Saturday at the age of 63.

Ilkin, who played football at Indiana State from 1975-1979 and was a three time all MVC honorable mention, was diagnosed with ALS in 2020 and had recently been hospitalized with pneumonia. He graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round of the 1980 NFL Draft.

Ilkin played offensive tackle for Pittsburgh and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1989 and 1990. He also played in five AFC Championship games with the Steelers in a 13 year career.

Ilkin later joined the Steelers’ broadcast team where he was the color analyst for 23 years. He announced in June he was retiring from his Steelers broadcasting duties to focus on his treatment.

Ilkin is survived by his wife, Karen, and children Tanner, Natalie and Clay from his marriage to his first wife, Sharon, who died in 2012 after years of living with breast cancer.

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