- Carries in his wallet a laminated 1958 baseball card of his idol, Mickey Mantle. He delivered the eulogy at Mantle's funeral in 1995.
- Doctored his college-radio highlight tape to make himself sound older, leading to a job at KMOX-AM in St. Louis, broadcasting ABA basketball.
- At 33, became the youngest winner of the Sportscaster of the Year Award.
- Turned down offers from CBS to be the first host of The Late Late Show and to be a reporter for 60 Minutes.
- Parodied himself in the animated film Cars by lending his voice to a racing announcer named Bob Cutlass.
- Began hosting Olympics coverage for NBC in 1992; was forced to sit out a portion of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi when he developed pinkeye (Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira filled in).
- Has called the World Series, the NBA Finals and the Super Bowl.
- Has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
- 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series: Winner
- 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series: Nominee
- Jayne Costas — Mother
- Jill Sutton — Wife
- Valerie Costas — Sister
- John Costas — Father
- Carole Randall Costas — Ex-wife
- Taylor Costas — Daughter
- Keith Costas — Son
- Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, United States (BA in Communications, 1974)
- Birth Name: Robert Quinlan Costas
- Birth Place: Queens, New York, United States
- Profession: TV sportscaster, Talk-show host
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