Ilkin was a two-time NFL Pro Bowl player, the statement said.
“His passion for the game of football was evident in his everyday life,” Rooney said. “As a player, he fought his way through tough times of being cut and injured but continued to make an impact as a leader of our offensive line and made two Pro Bowls.”
Ilkin was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2020.
People with the condition lose control of muscle movement, eventually losing their ability to eat, speak, walk and, ultimately, breathe.
“After his playing career, Tunch continued to make an impact in our community in so many ways,” Rooney’s statement added. “His efforts and dedication to to the Light of Life (Rescue Mission) was unparalleled, and his desire to always help others made everyone appreciate him.”