Frank Gifford dies at 84, a Giant on and off the field
It was confirmed today that Pro Football Hall of Famer, Frank Gifford, died at the age of 84. News of the popular footballers passing was released in a statement by NBC News on Sunday.
According to the report, Frank Gifford died suddenly within his Connecticut, of what is being determined as natural causes. Frank Gifford is the husband of Kathie Lee Gifford, the popular host for NBC’s “Today” show.
After completing a stunning career on the field, Gifford then went on to a lead a successful career as a broadcaster on “Monday Night Football.” Gifford became the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1956, a title he earned with our very-own New York Giants.
“We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live, and we feel grateful and blessed to have been loved by such an amazing human being,” his family said in the statement. “We ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time and we thank you for your prayers.”
Gifford also hosted the popular series “Wide World of Sports” and covered several Olympic games. Gifford covered 588 consecutive NFL games for ABC.
Gifford was born on August 16, 1930, in Santa Monica, California. His parents named him Frank Newton Gifford, his father was a local oil worker in the town.
Gifford grew-up in California during the Depression, he often talked about moving from town to town so that his family could find work. Gifford once stated that he may have moved an estimated 47 times before he even attended high-school, his family lived in their car and even ate dog food to survive to the horrid conditions at the time.
He was a legend on and off the field, loved by many in the industry and will be remembered for his folksy commentary and witty remarks in the booth. Gifford was a dominating presence on the field and a legend in the NFL’s long-history.
Since the family did not release any other information on his death, we will not be following up with any more details on his passing.