Pioneer in sports journalism on radio and television who gave up a law career to enter broadcasting in 1953 with ABC Radio. Cosell became a media figure as the irascible commentator with his distinctive emphatic speech pattern on "Monday Night Football" for 14 years (1970-84) and "Monday Night Baseball" and televised fights for a total of forty years. He has guested as himself in sitcoms, series and in several made-for-TV movies and also played himself in three Woody Allen movies, "Bananas" (1971), "Sleeper" (1973) and "Broadway Danny Rose" (1984) among others. During the Vietnam War Cosell won a measure of notoriety by championing Muhammad Ali's right to become a conscientious objector. Cosell quit sports broadcasting when he felt that "Pro football has become a stagnant bore" and claimed that "I am tired of the hypocrisy and sleaziness of the boxing scene."