On a weekend where the world of professional football is celebrating their Hall of Fame and the legends that made the sport great, one of the great ones has passed away.
It was announced today that Frank Gifford died of natural causes at the age of 84 at his home in New Haven, Connecticut.
A star at USC, Gifford was drafted in the first round by the New York Giants, the only team he would play for and one that he would suit up for fifteen seasons. As a player, Gifford would make eight Pro Bowls, and help bring the Giants to five NFL Championships, winning one in 1956. That would easily be the best year of his career, as not only did he win the NFL title, he was also named the Most Valuable Player of the league.
A testament to his versatility is that Gifford was a Pro Bowler at three different positions and his longevity was that he was a member of the 1950’s All-Decade Team. Gifford, who would suffer a severe head injury in 1960, would return to the National Football League in ’62, winning the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
Following the end of his playing career, Frank Gifford would become a very successful broadcaster, notably as a commentator on the iconic, Monday Night Football, where he would work for over two decades.
Frank Gifford is a member of both the College Football and the Pro Football Hall of Fame and this is a major loss for the community of American Football.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Frank Gifford at this time.
When Tiki Barber retired, it was a decision questioned by many. It was thought that he had a lot left to give on the field despite the golden path he was given to broadcasting. The critics may have been proven right as the New York Giants won the Super Bowl the year after he left and he was chastised for criticism of his former players. It is too bad that is what he is known for now, as during his prime he was one of the best Running Backs of the game.