Costas who just signed a contract that keeps him at NBC until 2012 says even though hes been at the network since 1979, execs didnt look at him as their golden boy.
In fact, his first gig at the network was some sort of international power-lifting event and claims it pretty much set the mold for my career at NBC because when people think Bob Costas, they think power- lifting.
The event wasnt easy for Costas though. Many of the athletes didnt speak English and one competitor had such a big stomach that you were in contact with his navel, but his head was another 10 feet away.
NBC is making up for the weighty challenges Costas faced in his early years. The new contract makes him the host of the networks Sunday night NFL show beginning in 2006 as well as the 2012 London Olympic Games.
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