Bill Hillgrove Ends 30-Year Tenure as Steelers' Play-By-Play Announcer

Veteran Broadcaster Embraces Life Beyond the Commentary Booth.

by Nouman Rasool
Bill Hillgrove Ends 30-Year Tenure as Steelers' Play-By-Play Announcer
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After an illustrious three-decade tenure as the voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bill Hillgrove has announced his retirement from the play-by-play role that made him a household name among football enthusiasts. The Pittsburgh Steelers officially revealed the news on Thursday, marking the end of an era for the franchise and its fans.

Despite stepping down from his Steelers duties, the 83-year-old Hillgrove will not be leaving the broadcasting world entirely, as he plans to continue his work with the University of Pittsburgh's football and men's basketball teams.

Hillgrove, who took over from Jack Fleming in 1994, has been a cornerstone of Steelers broadcasting, lending his voice to the team's most pivotal moments, including their Super Bowl victories following the 2005 and 2008 seasons.

His dedication and passion for the game have made him a beloved figure not just in Pittsburgh but across the nation.

Hillgrove's Leisurely Retirement

Reflecting on his retirement, Hillgrove shared his anticipation for the newfound leisure time his retirement will afford him, expressing his eagerness to enjoy life's simpler pleasures, such as boating and experiencing the fall foliage luxuries his demanding schedule previously did not allow.

As the Steelers and their fans bid farewell to a broadcasting legend, the search for Hillgrove's successor remains underway, with no names yet emerging as potential replacements. Steelers president Art Rooney II lauded Hillgrove's significant contributions to the team's legacy, emphasizing his role in bringing the excitement of Steelers football to fans everywhere alongside the legendary Myron Cope.

Rooney's statement underscored the deep appreciation and respect the organization and its fans have for Hillgrove, acknowledging the void his departure will leave. Hillgrove's retirement is not just a moment of reflection on a storied career but also a celebration of the impact he has had on Steelers Nation.

As he transitions into this new chapter of his life, Hillgrove leaves behind a legacy that will be remembered and cherished by fans and colleagues alike, ensuring that his voice will forever be synonymous with some of the most memorable moments in Pittsburgh Steelers history.