25 Howard Cosell Quotes from American Sports Journalist

Howard Cosell was a famous American sportscaster.

He became a famous voice on Monday Night Football from 1970 to 1983 known for his distinctive style and bold opinions.

Starting as a lawyer Cosell shifted to full-time sports broadcasting in 1956.

He became famous for his honest commentary often stirring controversy and supported Muhammad Ali and civil rights gestures at the 1968 Olympics.

Howard Cosell Quotes

He announced John Lennon’s death on a Monday Night Football broadcast.

Cosell quit covering boxing in 1982 and left Monday Night Football in 1983 after a racial comment controversy.

His TV career ended after critiquing colleagues in a 1985 book.

He retired from radio in 1992 and was honored posthumously with a Sports Emmy.

Howard Cosell was part of the ABC Sports.

I have collected below the famous quotes by Howard Cosell.

Best Howard Cosell Quotes


Boxing is drama on its grandest scale. ~ Howard Cosell.


That little monkey. The theorem was that he was too small to play in the NFL. ~ Howard Cosell.


Sports is human life in microcosm. ~ Howard Cosell.


Stand for something. Don’t quest for popularity at the expense of morality and ethics and honesty. ~ Howard Cosell.


Sports is the toy department of human life. ~ Howard Cosell.


Ladies and Gentleman, the Bronx is burning. ~ Howard Cosell.

This is Howard Cosell telling it like it is. ~ Howard Cosell.

Famous Howard Cosell Quotes

I was infected with my desire, my resolve, to make it in broadcasting. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and how. ~ Howard Cosell.


I’m one helluva communicator. ~ Howard Cosell.

The time may have come to say goodbye to Muhammad Ali, because very honestly, I don’t think he can beat George Foreman. ~ Howard Cosell.

The importance that our society attaches to sport is incredible. After all, is football a game or a religion? The people of this country have allowed sports to get completely out of hand. ~ Howard Cosell.


That little monkey gets loose, doesn’t he? ~ Howard Cosell.

I was right to back Muhammad Ali, but it caused me major enmity in many areas of this nation. ~ Howard Cosell.


Legends die hard, and Ali is learning that even he cannot be forever young. ~ Howard Cosell.

Unlike any other sport, the objective in boxing is chillingly simple: One man purposefully endeavors to inflict bodily harm on another man. ~ Howard Cosell.

Arrogant, pompous, obnoxious, vain, cruel, verbose, a showoff. I have been called all of these. Of course, I am. ~ Howard Cosell.

Top Howard Cosell Quotes


Then there is a still higher type of courage – the courage to brave pain, to live with it, to never let others know of it and to still find joy in life; to wake up in the morning with an enthusiasm for the day ahead. ~ Howard Cosell.


Look at that little monkey run! ~ Howard Cosell.

Wait a minute! Wait a minute! Sonny Liston’s not coming out! Sonny Liston’s not coming out! He’s out! The winner and new heavyweight champion of the world is Cassius Clay! ~ Howard Cosell.


What’s right isn’t always popular. What’s popular isn’t always right. ~ Howard Cosell.

The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give. ~ Howard Cosell.


Mommy, why does daddy cuss the TV and call it Howard? ~ Howard Cosell.

After all, is football a game or a religion? ~ Howard Cosell.

So these were the 25 top Howard Cosell quotes and sayings.

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