Years Played: 1953-1993
Accolades: Named the All-Time Best Sportscaster (1993) by TV Guide, ranked No. 47 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time (1996), called Joe Frazier vs. George Foreman, called the "Battle of the Sexes" (Bobby Riggs vs. Billie Jean King), first broadcaster for Monday Night Football, Arthur Ashe Courage Award winner (1995)
Badass Justification: Way before Jon Gruden was bringing guys on the truck to review tape and talk shop, Howard Cosell was the key figure of Monday Night Football. One of the godfathers of American sportscasting, Cosell was years ahead of his time. He was the first announcer to be brash, and not just take the game at face value. He said what he felt, and while he was ridiculed at first, he soon became the gold standard for broadcasting. Cosell was hired as one of the original broadcasters for Monday Night Football. It was here that he coined the phrase, "he could go all the way." Chris Berman has been thanking him every Sunday since. Cosell covered the Israeli hostage situation at the Munich games in 1972, the Bronx fires in 1977, was Muhammad Ali's go-to reporter, and announced the death of John Lennon to the world during a Monday Night Football broadcast. A true pioneer for sports journalism, Howard Cosell is one of the most badass sports figures in history, temple tot, or not.