Shocking news delivered during MNF game
On Dec. 8, 1980, many learned that Beatles singer and songwriter John Lennon had died during Monday Night Football while the Patriots played the Dolphins in Miami. Announcer Howard Cosell made the announcement just before the Patriots attempted a field goal, and then said it again later in the game. The Dolphins won the game 16-13 in overtime.
Cosell initially did not want to announce the news during the football game, but was convinced by co-host Frank Gifford that the significance of it demanded he deliver the news regardless of the circumstance of the game.