Tunch Ilkin is a former American football player and Turkish American sports broadcaster who served as a television and radio analyst for the Pittsburgh Steelers. More than that, he has appeared as an actor in NFL Monday Night Football, The Crossroads with Martin Anthony, and The NFL on NBC.
Is Tunch Ilkin still married to Karen Ilkin?
The very famous broadcast analyst Tunch Ilkin is blissfully married to a real estate agent Karen Ilkin. The pair tied the knot in March 2013 in a private wedding ceremony. Notably, in March 2021, the couple marked the date as their eighth marital anniversary.
To celebrate their big day, Karen wished her husband a beautiful by sharing a picture of the two on Instagram. She wished her spouse a happy 8th wedding anniversary. Karen can be seen wearing a simple white gown in the photo while her husband stunned a grey-white tuxedo for their special day.
Past Marriage of Tunch Iklin
Tunch Ilkin was previously married to Sharon Senefeld on 24th April 1982. The 63-year-old is also a father to three grown children, Tanner Ilkin, Natalie Ilkin, and Clay Iklin, whom he shares with Sharon. Iklin resided in Upper St. Clair, PA with his family. Sharon Senefeld died after battling cancer on 6th February 2012. A year later, Tunch Ilkin married Karen Rafferty in 2013.
As for Tunch, Karen Ilkin also had gone through a troublesome relationship. She was married to the auto racer Kent Rafferty. Unfortunately, Kent died in 2009 few days after their divorce. Moreover, Karen Ilkin did not have any children from her ex-husband.
How much is Tunch Ilkin's Net Worth?
Tunch Ilkin's estimated net worth is to be $5 million, as of June 2021. He earned a tremendous amount of money from his football career. And, as an experienced sports broadcaster, Tunch received a payroll of anywhere from $51,666 to $64,582 or more.
The Turkish-American sports broadcaster currently helps his wife in expanding her real estate business. Tunch recently announced his retirement from broadcasting on 3rd June 2021.
The Steelers chose Tunch in the sixth round of the 1980 NFL Draft and played combative tackle for the Steelers from 1980-1992. Further, Ilkin has earned two Pro Bowl appearance honors in 1988 and 1989.
From 1989-1994, he performed as Vice-President of the NFL Players Association. During the 1995 NFL season, he worked as a game analyst for National Broadcast Company.
Ilkin joined the official Steelers broadcasting team of Myron Cope and Bill Hillgrove as an analyst in 1998. He took on the color-commentary duties after Cope's retirement in 2004. He hosted a morning radio show with Wolfey 'In The Locker Room' on WBGG, and the show was canceled in the summer of 2006.
After retiring from football, he appeared as a commentator and sports reporter on sports broadcasts in the Pittsburgh market. He started as a Limited Partner and Spokesperson for LIFEExpo, Sports, Health and Fitness Expo in Pittsburgh in 2007.
In August 2008, Ilkin began working with Diversey Credit Union of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He visited Turkey in November 2013 and took part in the activities of the Istanbul Cavaliers. On 21st December 2020, he was declared Tunch Ilkin day in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh City Council.
Tunch Ilkin's Quick Facts
- Tunch Ilkin was born on 23rd September 1957 in Istanbul, Turkey.
- Tunch's parents are Mehmet Ilkin and Ayten Ilkin.
- Tunch went to Highland Park High School in Highland Park, Illinois.
- Tunch got an athletic scholarship to Indiana State University.
- Tunch was one of the first Turkish to play in the National Football League.
- Ilkin was previously a Muslim before he left Islam to convert to Christianity.
- Ilkin is diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.