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Announcer Bob Costas, normally used to calling action, recently found himself the center of attention when he went out to dinner.
As reported by The New York Post, Costas successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver at a fellow dinner party.
That person was sitting at another table in the unidentified restaurant, but when they started choking, the award-winning broadcaster took action.
But while Costas famously discusses the achievements of others, the 71-year-old Long Island resident was too modest to say much about saving someone’s life.
“Bob doesn’t think this was that big of a deal,” a Costas representative told the Post. “He really feels like he’s done what pretty much anyone in a similar situation would do.”
The location of the incident is a mystery, but Bob Costas (pictured) reportedly saved a life
Costas still does play-by-play and studio work for TBS and MLB Network, but has cut back on his famously busy schedule in recent years.
He resigned from NBC in 2019 in what his manager, Sandy Montag, considered an amicable split.
“Everything in this transition was planned and executed by mutual agreement,” Montag said in an emailed statement. He said Costas had a “great partnership” with executives including Dick Ebersol and Mark Lazarus, the current chairman of NBC Broadcasting & Sports.
Costas, 66, anchored NBC’s Olympics 11 times starting in 1992. In early 2017, he stepped aside for network newcomer Mike Tirico, formerly at ESPN.
Costas is pictured next to Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda after the 1988 World Series
When the move was announced in early 2017, Costas said he decided on his own that the time was right for a change. He then said he wanted to do long-form programming and commentary on special events, likening his new role to what former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw does for the network.
Costas told the New York Post on Tuesday about his decision to leave NBC Sports, saying his departure was handled “calmly and happily for everyone involved.”
In August 2018, the newspaper reported that he was no longer satisfied with his role at NBC and a contract that limited his participation in other projects.
Costas, who joined NBC Sports in 1979, has covered baseball, football, basketball and horse racing and was also the face and voice of the Olympics.