17 Reasons You Should Love Bob Costas

NBC's face of the Olympics has gradually become one of the most respected voices of our era.

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1. He's a warrior!

When NBC's Olympic coverage began this Thursday, Costas was battling a noticeable eye infection that rendered him unable to put in his contact lenses. But Bob wasn't going to let a measly eye infection stop him from delivering the goods. Why? Because champions play hurt.

3. Rappers name-check him.

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Ludacris isn't the only rapper to have done it, either.

6. He knows the right questions and he isn't afraid to ask them.

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7. He has no problem speaking his mind.

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Name a controversial topic and Bob Costas has an opinion on it. He'll let you know. He has spoken out about gun control and the Washington Redskins name change. He doesn't mind stirring up the conversation and never shies away from controversy.

9. He was in the cult comedy classic Pootie Tang...

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10. And the irreverent sports classic BASEketball.

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12. He found out Ichiro's favorite — and incredibly vulgar — American phrase.

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14. He narrated the best college football intro of all time.

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16. He gave beautiful eulogies at both Mickey Mantle and Stan Musial's funerals.

Costas is so respected in the sports world, baseball icons like Mickey Mantle and Stan Musial asked to have Costas deliver a eulogy at their funerals. Costas also had a memorable interview with Mickey Mantle, where the Yankee legend admitted his alcoholism to the world.