Bob Costas says criticizing NFL safety got him pulled from NBC Super Bowl coverage

Bob Costas, the sports broadcasting legend who worked at NBC for decades, revealed that the network pulled him from its coverage of last year's Super Bowl because he publicly criticized the sport's safety.

Costas, 66, said in an episode of ESPN's E:60 that aired on Sunday that NBC leadership said he wasn't allowed to host the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots because he criticized the safety of football — despite previously saying it was a "mutual" decision. BOB COSTAS ON NBC: 'SOMETIMES YOU GET TO A POINT WHERE IT IS NOT A FIT ANYMORE' "I think the words were, 'You've crossed the line,'" Costas said.

"My thought was, 'What line have I crossed?'" Costas had made the initial remarks in November 2017 while speaking at a symposium in Maryland, saying football "destroys people's brains."

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