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Yoi! Myron Cope apologizes for rambling speech



Published: Thu, August 11, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



PITTSBURGH (AP) -- When retired Pittsburgh Steelers radio announcer Myron Cope was given the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award at the Pro Football Hall of Fame over the weekend, he was given two minutes to speak.

Cope rambled for 13 minutes and was eventually escorted back to his seat before he could finish.

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He apologized Monday for causing a scene, saying it was conceit.

"People may think I'm senile, but I ain't. I thought I was a celebrity," the 76-year-old Cope said.

While some fans in the audience booed, Cope used the speech to lobby for former Steelers linebacker Andy Russell to be considered for induction into the hall in Canton. Russell retired in 1976 after playing 11 seasons in the NFL.

Cope said he felt horrible after it happened and couldn't sleep.

"I didn't realize it was being televised live locally and being taped for showing later and they had to stick to a strict time frame," Cope said. "But, like I said, that's no excuse."

On Monday, the National Radio Hall of Fame announced it would be inducting Cope into its hall in November.

Cope retired in June after 35 seasons covering the Steelers.




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