HOWARD COSELLGame 200 | October 25, 1971 | Howard Cosell
A lawyer by training, Cosell first became familiar to U.S. television audiences as a boxing commentator in a number of fights featuring Cassius Clay/ Muhammad Ali. In 1970 ABC's Roone Arledge hired the outspoken Cosell to be a commentator on Monday Night Football along with Frank Gifford and Don Meredith. He was as outspoken as he was controversial, and his voice became one of the most imitated in U.S. broadcasting history. He broke the news of John Lennon's fatal shooting on a Monday Night Football broadcast in 1980.