Frank Gifford and Don Meredith have received their Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Awards -- what about Howard Cosell?
Football might not be what it is today without Howard Cosell
Now it's the NFL's Pro Football Hall of Fame turn
to "Tell it like it is..."
The question is..... how can the Pro Football Hall of Fame write the history of the achievements and contributors of NFL without mentioning the iconic Howard Cosell? Whether revered or reviled, remembered as a hero or villain, "Cosell was just as good at creating an audience as he was at alienating it, and THAT was just what sports needed." It's time for the late Howard Cosell, devoted NFL football fans, (and surviving members of the Cosell family) to see him receive proper recognition in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in return for his contributions to the great game of professional football. Director Chet Forte is quoted as saying, "Howard Cosell was Monday Night Football. Without Howard Cosell, there was no Monday Night Football." To devoted fans, a Hall of Fame without Cosell appears has gone on long enough. Howard Cosell was inarguably the "soul" of Monday Night Football, part of the three men that brought the game of football into the cultural mainstream. Huge TV contracts generated huge profits with advertisers, players salaries escalated, as did profits for the team owners as well as for the cites they hosted teams in. The television rights to broadcast National Football League (NFL) games are now the most lucrative and expensive rights of any American sport. All this, and yet Howard Cosell has yet to be officially recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his contributions. The inclusion of Howard Cosell with a Pete Rozelle Radio Television Award is easily and fully justified.
Recognizing outstanding contributions is part of the Mission Statement of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Howard Cosell fits BOTH the Hall of Fame and Pete Rozelle Award selection criteria perfectly:
"Howard Cosell was Monday Night Football. Without Howard Cosell, there was no Monday Night Football."
"Howard Cosell was a colorful guy. The broadcaster's death is a sad day for sports."
"Cosell is the franchise. He may also be the most valuable property in American sports. There's no question that Howard Cosell was the most important sports journalist of our time, and because so much of what he did transcended sports, he was one of the most important journalists... period."
"I remember him as someone who was an important journalistic figure, and I think to deny that is to let your prejudices get in the way."
"Every person working in sports journalism today owes a tremendous debt to Howard Cosell. His greatest contribution was elevating sports reporting out of daily play-by-play and placing it in the larger context of society."Monday Night Football Creator, Roone Arledge
"Howard was a true original. He rose like a screeching comet and left a trail that no modern broadcaster has ever dared to follow. There will never be another like him."
NFL Films, Steve Sabol
''I used to look at Howard Cosell's 'Halftime Highlights' with reverence...''
-- Chris Berman (ESPN)
"...the most important game of my career than any game that I've ever played, and, the reason being was it was Monday Night Football, it was Howard Cosell, it was the Cowboys versus the Redskins."
"I think he'll be seen as the broadcasting pioneer who changed the way people listen to and watch sports"
"Howard Cosell was a good man and he lived a good life. I have been interviewed by many people, but I enjoyed interviews with Howard the best. We always put on a good show. I hope to meet him one day in the hereafter. I can hear Howard now saying, Muhammad, you're not the man you used to be. I pray that he is in God's hands. I will miss him."
Pro Football Hall of Fame
2121 George Halas Dr. NW.
Canton, OH 44708
1989 - Bill MacPhail
1990 - Lindsey Nelson
1991 - Ed Sabol
1992 - Chris Schenkel
1993 - Curt Gowdy
1994 - Pat Summerall
1995 - Frank Gifford
1996 - Jack Buck
1997 - Charlie Jones
1998 - Val Pinchbeck
1999 - Dick Enberg
2000 - Ray Scott
2001 - Roone Arledge
2002 - John Madden
2003 - Don Criqui
2004 - Van Miller
2005 - Myron Cope
2006 - Lesley Visser
2007 - Don Meredith
2008 - Dan Dierdorf
2009 - Irv Cross
2010 - Chris Berman
2011 - Jim Nantz
Arizona - Kent Somers, Arizona Republic
Atlanta - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange
Baltimore - Scott Garceau, WMAR-TV
Buffalo - Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News
Carolina - Darin Gantt, Rock Hill Herald
Chicago - Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune*
Cincinnati - Joe Reedy, Cincinnati Enquirer
Cleveland - Tony Grossi, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Dallas - Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News*
Denver - Jeff Legwold, Denver Post
Detroit - Tom Kowalski, Booth Newspapers
Green Bay - Cliff Christl, Green Bay Press-Gazette
Houston - John McClain, Houston Chronicle*
Indianapolis - Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star
Jacksonville - Sam Kouvaris, WJXT-TV
Kansas City - Bob Gretz, KCFootballReport.com
Miami - Edwin Pope, Miami Herald
Minnesota - Sid Hartman, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
New England - Ron Borges, Boston Herald*
New Orleans - Pete Finney, Times-Picayune
NY (Giants) - Bob Glauber, Newsday
NY (Jets) - Gary Myers, New York Daily News
Oakland - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
Philadelphia - Paul Domowitch, Philadelphia Daily News
Pittsburgh - Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
St. Louis - Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch*
San Diego - Nick Canepa, San Diego Union Tribune
San Francisco - Nancy Gay, FoxSports.com
Seattle - Mike Sando, ESPN.com
Tampa Bay - Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune
Tennessee - David Climer, The Tennessean
Washington - David Elfin, AOL Fanhouse
PFWA Darryl Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
At Large Howard Balzer, The Sports Xchange
At Large Jarrett Bell, USA Today
At Large John Clayton, ESPN/ESPN Magazine
At Large John Czarnecki, FOXSports.com*
At Large Dave Goldberg, AOL Sports/Fanhouse*
At Large Peter King, Sports Illustrated
At Large Ira Miller, The Sports Xchange*
At Large Len Shapiro, Miami Herald*
At Large Vito Stellino, Florida Times Union
At Large Jim Trotter, Sports Illustrated
At Large Charean Williams, Ft. Worth Star Telegram
* Also serves on the Senior Selection Committee
|"What's popular isn't always right, and whats right isn't always popular." - Howard Cosell|
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